Meghan Doyle has been one of the most dangerous offensive players in the Suburban Council the past four years, and her efforts have been rewarded with numerous honors.
None is more prestigious than her recent selection to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-American team.
“She’s very deserving,” said Niskayuna coach Bryce Colby, who put Doyle on the varsity squad as a freshman and has seen her develop into the sixth All-American he has had in his 19 years as head coach of the program. “Any mention of top players from the last four years, she’s in the conversation.
“Opposing teams always had to know where she was on the field, because she has the ability to turn the defense around. She may not be the purest scorer, but she puts the ball in the net.”
Doyle has been among the best players in the state at the Class AA level the past three falls.
As a sophomore, Doyle was a state second-team choice. The past two seasons, Doyle has been selected state ‘AA’ Co-Player of the Year.
“Meghan allowed us to do so many things offensively,” said Colby. “She gets to the end line so well. She can find that space in the midfield, and then get behind defenders so we can play to her feet or play through her.
Doyle is among a group of seniors that was successful from seventh grade up.
“That group went 12-0 as seventh graders on modified, and went unbeaten as eighth graders playing freshman,” said Colby. “The first time any of them lost a game was when I split them up into varsity and JV as freshmen.
“I don’t think Meghan and Maddie Carafanda lost a dozen games. Then to think that they didn’t win a sectional championship until their senior season, that says a lot about the competition in our league.”
Doyle, who was selected as the Suburban Council MVP this fall, has also played at a high level in club soccer with the Albany Alleycats. She has also been in the Olympic Development Program Region 1 pool of players.
Doyle’s next stop is Notre Dame.
“She’s always wanted to go there,” said Colby. “She’s really looking forward to it.
“We’ve been working towards that, hitting the weight room, those types of things, since she committed.”
Doyle and Morgan Burchhardt of Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake were both named to the Region II team.
Doyke, Burchhardt (Class A) and Canajoharie’s Janelle Dillenbeck (Class C) earned first-team all-state selections.
Albany High’s Erick Kwizera, Colonie’s Paolino Curto and Seth Scarano of Ichabod Crane were all named to the boys’ All-Region team.
Kwizera (first team), Curto (second team), Shenendehowa’s Phil Barrett (fourth team) and Kledis Capollari of Guilderland (fifth team) were all-state large school (Classes AA and A) selections.
Schalmont’s Gino Rossi and Northville’s Tim Monette were second-team small-school all-state picks, with Logan Ackley of Broadalbin-Perth a fourth-team selection.
Kwizera was also named Section II Class A player of the Year. Owen Nuss of Averill Park and Queensbury’s Chris Goodemote shared Class A honors; Scarano was the Class B winner; Quillinan and Noray shared the Class C award; and Chris Jackson of Fort Ann was named top player in Class D.
Meghan Doyle (Niskayuna), state Co-Player of the Year, first team; Makala Foley (Shenendehowa), Lauren Kogelmann (Guilderland), second team; Kate Essepian (Shaker), Sophia Constantine (Niskayuna), third team; Katherin Benson (Shenendehowa), fourth team; Emily Center (Guilderland), Marika Contompasis (Niskayuna), fith team.
Morgan Burchardt (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), Brittany LaPlant (Queensbury), first team; Morgan Loder (Cobleskill-Richmondville), Meghan Malone (Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake), second team; Kelly Donnelly (Averill Park), fourth team; Alexis Whalen (Lansingburgh), fifth team.
Hannah Fricke (Hoosick Falls), first team; MacKenzie Hinchcliffe (Hoosick Falls), Katie Herba (Broadalbin-Perth), Madeline Saccocio (Schalmont), second team; Madison Purcell (Catholic Central), Mariella Jacome (Ichabod Cranbe), third team; Kennedy Cronk (Schalmont), Kelsey Moss (Catholic Central), fourth team; Carly Johnson (Greenville), Bridget Alber (Schuylerville), fifth team.
Janelle Dillenbeck (Canajoharie), first team; Amanda Roney (Middleburgh), second team; Sydney Fitzpatrick (Hoosic Valley), third team; Seana Cleveland (Schoharie), fourth team; Erica Chase (Galway), Ashley Lefebvre (Waterford-Halfmoon), Jordan Logan (Canajoharie), fifth team.
Skyler Viveros (Oppenheim-Ephrtatah-St. Johnsville), third team; Leann Clark (Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville), fourth team; Olivia Seamans (Bolton), Kayleigh Foran (Fort Ann), fourth team.
Erick Kwizera (Albany), first team; Paolino Curto (Colonie), second team; Bean Beaury (LaSalle), Phil Barrett (Shenendehowa), fourth team; Ethan Srauss (Bethlehem), Kledis Capollari (Guilderland), Owen Nuss (Averill Park), fifth team.
Seth Scarano (Ichabod Crane), first team; Gino Rossi (Schalmont), Tim Monette (Northville) second team; Pat Castle (Schuylerville), Chris Jackson (Fort Ann), third team; Logan Ackley (Broadalbin-Perth), Alex Niemann (Ichabod Crane), fourth team; Maclin Norray (Berne-Knox-Westerlo), Ian McQuillinan (Lake George), fifth team.