Courtesy: America East Communications

2016 #AEWSOC All-Conference Teams & Major Award Winners Announced

Release: 10/26/2016

BOSTON — After winning a share of their third-straight regular-season title, the Hartford Hawks took home four major awards as the 2016 America East Women’s Soccer All-Conference teams and major award winners were announced Wednesday. Albany, Maine and New Hampshire also earned major honors. The awards, along with the all-conference teams, were determined in a vote by the league’s nine head coaches who were not permitted to vote for their own players.


The Hawks claimed Co-Rookie of the Year (Sierra Stone), Midfielder of the Year (Tori Tripp), Defender of the Year (Caitlin Smallfield) and Goalkeeper of the Year (Jessica Jurg). New Hampshire junior Brooke Murphy earned Striker of the Year honors for the second-straight season, while Albany midfielder Meghan Cavanaugh joined Hartford’s Stone as Co-Rookie of the Year. Led by head coach Brendan Faherty, Stony Brook was named Coaching Staff of the Year for the first time in program history.


Striker of the Year

Brooke Murphy, Jr., F, New Hampshire 

  • The fourth America East student-athlete & second Wildcat to be named Striker of the Year in back-to-back seasons.
  • Leads the conference with 11 goals and 25 points.
  • Had a league-best five goals and 12 points during conference play. 

Midfielder of the Year

Tori Tripp, Sr., M, Hartford

  • Just the second Hawk to be named Midfielder of the Year and first since Stephanie Santos in 2013.
  • Has totaled five goals and four assists on the year with four goals and two assists coming in conference play.
  • Tied for third in the league during America East play with 10 points.

Defender of the Year

Caitlin Smallfield, Sr., B, Hartford 

  • The second Hawk to be named Defender of the Year and the first since Kelle Leyland in 2006.
  • Anchors a Hartford defense that led the league with a 0.92 goals against average.
  • The Hawks lead the America East with five shutouts during conference play.
  • Has also added three goals on the year, including the game-winner in OT to help Hartford beat Stony Brook and earn a share of the regular-season title.

Goalkeeper of the Year

Jessica Jurg, Sr., GK, Hartford 

  • Becomes the second player in league history to win Goalkeeper of the Year in back-to-back seasons, joining former Hawk Erin Quinlan, who accomplished the feat in 2011 and 2012.
  • Leads the conference with eight shutouts.
  • Ranks fourth with a 0.92 goals against average.
  • Had five shutouts during league play.  

Co-Rookie of the Year

Meghan Cavanaugh, Fr., M, Albany

  • The fourth Great Dane and second in the last three years to be named Rookie of the Year.
  • Helped Albany to its best record in league play in program history, finishing 6-1-1 and earned a share of the regular-season title.
  • Tied for second in the league amongst freshmen with 12 points (four goals and four assists).

Co-Rookie of the Year
Sierra Stone, Fr., M, Hartford 

  • First Hawk since Sandra Kayulu in 2001 to be named Rookie of the Year.
  • Tied for second in the league amongst freshmen with 12 points (three goals and six assists).
  • Her six assists is tied for the most in the conference.

Coaching Staff of the Year 

Stony Brook (Head coach: Brendan Faherty)

  • After being picked sixth in the preseason poll, Stony Brook finished third during the regular season, its highest finish since 2013.
  • Brendan Faherty is the first, first-year head coach to win the award.
  • Stony Brook’s six wins during league play match the most in program history.

View a complete list list of All-Conference, All-Rookie & All-Academic selections. 


The 2016 America East Championship begins on Thursday, October 27 with two quarterfinal games at 7 p.m. as No. 3 Stony Brook hosts No. 6 Vermont and No. 4 New Hampshire hosts No. 5 Maine. No. 1 Albany and No. 2 Hartford will host semifinal games on Sunday, Oct. 30, and the 2016 title game will be held either Nov. 5 or Nov. 6 at the highest remaining seed. All five tournament games will air for free on AmericaEast.TV. For more information on the 2016 America East Championship, visit the Championship Central page at



First Team        
Position Name Cl. School Hometown/High School/Previous
Forward Brooke Murphy Jr. New Hampshire Monson, Mass./Monson
Forward Raven Edwards Sr. Stony Brook West Orange, N.J./West Orange
Forward Julia Carr So. Hartford Guilford, Conn./Guilford
Midfielder Caitlyn Paltsios Sr. Albany Westford, Mass./Westford Academy
Midfielder Tori Tripp Sr. Hartford London England/Fortismere Secondary School
Midfielder Vivien Beil So. Maine Jena, Germany/Johan Chr. Sportsgymnasium
Midfielder Priscilla Wiggins Sr. Stony Brook Fresno, Calif./George School
Back Caroline Kopp So. Albany Fayetteville, N.Y./Jamesville-DeWitt
Back Caitlin Smallfield Sr. Hartford Aukland, New Zealand/Rangitoto College
Back Kendra Prince Jr. New Hampshire Ajax, Ontario/Pickering
Goalkeeper Jessica Jurg Sr. Hartford Annen, The Neterlands/Zernike Junior College
Second Team        
Forward Vivian Vega Jr. Albany Santa Ana, Calif./Segerstrom
Forward Kiana Rugar Jr. Albany New Fairfield, Conn./New Fairfield
Forward Alexa Quaranta Sr. UMBC Baltimore, Md./Perry Hally
Forward Amy Thompson Sr. Stony Brook Luxemborg/European School of Luxemborg
Midfielder Meghan Cavanaugh Fr. Albany Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendhowa
Midfielder Alexa Schneider Sr. Albany Levittown, N.Y./Division Avenue
Midfielder Hayley Nolan So. Hartford Kildare, Ireland/St. Mary’s College
Midfielder Sierra Stone Fr. Hartford Hebron, Conn./RHAM
Midfielder Sarah Martin Jr. Vermont Bowie, Md./Archbishop Spaulding
Back Katie Connolly Sr. Hartford Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury
Back Kendra Ridley Jr. Maine Ottawa, Ontario/Clebe Collegiate
Back Kaitlin Loughren So. Stony Brook Huntington, N.Y./St. Anthony’s
Goalkeeper Mimi Borkan Sr. New Hampshire Medfield, Mass./Medfield
*additional forward & midfielder due to ties in voting  
All-Rookie Team (11 by position plus 2 wildcards)  
Position Name Cl. School Hometown/High School
Forward Kaila Lozada Fr. Hartford Newington, Conn./Newington
Forward Kaitlyn Ball Fr. Maine Ottawa, Ontario/Louis Riel
Forward Liz Lane Fr. New Hampshire Porter, Maine/Brewster Academy
Forward Julia Smith Fr. Vermont Norcross, Ga./Norcross
Midfielder Meghan Cavanaugh Fr. Albany Clifton Park, N.Y./Shenendhowa
Midfielder Sierra Stone Fr. Hartford Hebron, Conn./RHAM
Midfielder Brooke Jenkins Fr. Vermont Smithfield, R.I./Smithfield
Midfielder Leah Kalmbach Fr.  Stony Brook Tettnang, Germany/Montfort Gymnasium
Midfielder Jada Stewart Fr. Stony Brook White Plains, N.Y./Goshen
Back Meagan O’Neil Fr. Albany Liverpool, N.Y./Liverpool
Back Caroline Wysocki Fr. New Hampshire Agawam, Mass./The Williston Northampton School
Back Madison Stabile Fr. Hartford Rocky Hill, Conn./Rocky Hilly
Goalkeeper Chloe Borasky Fr. Albany Clay, N.Y./Cicero-North Syracuse
All-Academic Team (11 regardless of position)  
Name School Cl. GPA Major Hometown/High School
Caitlyn Paltsios Albany Sr. 3.88 Psychology Westford, Mass./Westford Academy
Alexa Schneider Albany Sr. 3.81 Human Biology Levittown, N.Y./Division Avenue
Katie Connolly Hartford Sr. 4 Psychology Glastonbury, Conn./Glastonbury
Jessica Jurg Hartford Sr. 3.96 Sociology Annen, The Netherlands/Zernike Junior College
Caitlin Smallfield Hartford Sr. 3.83 Management Auckland, New Zealand/Rangitoto College
Vivien Beil Maine So. 3.97 Psychology Jena, Germany/Johan Chr. Sportsgymnasium
Kendra Ridley Maine Jr. 4 Nursing Ottawa, Ontario/Clebe Collegiate
Gabby Boehmer UMBC Jr. 3.76 Biology Lebanon, Pa./Cedar Crest
Shannon Groffie UMass Lowell Jr. 3.93 Business Administration Toms River, N.J./Toms River
Rachel Morrier UMass Lowell Jr. 3.97 Nursing Plaistow,N.H./Providence College
Mimi Borkan New Hampshire Sr. 3.86 Kinesiology Medfield, Mass./Medfield
Co-Rookies of the Year: Meghan Cavanaugh, Albany & Sierra Stone, Hartford
Striker of the Year: Brooke Murphy, New Hampshire  
Midfielder of the Year: Tori Tripp, Hartford    
Defender of the Year: Caitlin Smallfield, Hartford  
Goalkeeper of the Year: Jessica Jurg, Hartford  
Coaching Staff of the Year: Stony Brook