LOUDONVILLE, NY – Siena Women’s Soccer Head Coach Steve Karbowski has announced the program’s Class of 2022. The Saints are set to welcome eight freshmen this fall who will comprise the program’s largest recruiting class since also signing an octet of newcomers in the Spring of 2007.
“We are excited to welcome eight quality student athletes to Siena College and the women’s soccer program,” said Karbowski, who is set to embark upon his milestone 20th season at the helm this fall. “It’s a large group of talented players, excellent students, and high character individuals. This class adds depth to all positions to add to our competitive culture.”
A native of Collegeville, Pennsylvania, Leslie Adams holds the Perkiomen Valley career records for both wins and shutouts. The goalkeeper was tabbed both a two-time First Team All-Conference and All-Area selection. A two-time team MVP, Adams served as the captain of the Vikings last fall. She plays her club soccer for the Reading Rage Athletica ’99, and played three years of ODP at the state level.
“Leslie is a talented goalkeeper who plays with great confidence,” commented Karbowski. “She has all the abilities to make all the saves. She excels with her distribution and comfort level on the ball in possession from the back. Leslie has a great work ethic which will contribute to a competitive atmosphere in training and among the keeper core.”
Morgan Camarda led Massapequa to three Long Island and Nassau County Championships. Last fall, the senior captain scored the game-winning golden goal in double overtime to propel the Chiefs to their latest Nassau County title. Camarda was a two-time All-County selection, and was tabbed a Long Island Top-50 Player to Watch by Newsday entering last season while starring for head coach Bruce Stegner, father of future Siena teammate Olivia Stegner. She has played 12 years of club soccer for the Massapequa Strikers, who she helped guided to a Disney Tournament, State Cup, NEWSS, and a CASL Tournament Championship.
“Morgan is characterized by her competitive nature and her versatility,” explained Karbowski. “She has the mentality to understand and the experience to play any position. Her technical ability and intense speed of play make her a great possession player. Her toughness and competitive attitude make her valuable anywhere defensively or in the midfield. Morgan plays with a nice pace to her game and determination.”
Sinead Carroll matriculates to Siena College from London, England where she has been a standout for Watford Ladies FC, playing a total of 10 years for the academy, development, and first teams. She was named the Most Improved Player while finishing second on the team with 11 goals. Carroll also previously played two years for Middlesex County and one season with Hertfordshire County.
“Sinead brings an experience level and a positive training mentality to the team,” remarked Karbowski. “She is a technically and tactically sound player who can play on the width in a defensive role, or in an attacking role. Her possession style will be a great fit with the team. Sinead has a great determination to her training and her play, and will bring a confident and competitive attitude to the program.”
A native of Wantagh, New York, Julianna Kissane was named a Fourth Team All-State selection in addition to being chosen as an All-County and an All-Class honoree last fall. Kissane plays her club soccer with HBC Impact, which she led to a Region 1 Championship, USYSA National Semifinals appearance, and a U17 State Cup Championship.
“Julianna is a talented, hardworking midfielder who can also play up top as a striker,” noted Karbowski. “She is very good in possession with her technique, vision, and speed of play. Her willingness to defend, and the effort she plays with, makes her valuable in any midfield position. Julianna brings a great commitment to the field every day, which fits in very well with the team.”
A local standout from nearby Schoharie, New York, Carrie Krohn is the Schoharie Indians all-time leading scorer with 133 career goals. She was named a Section II Class C First Team, Western Athletic Conference MVP, and an Albany Times Union First Team All-Star after amassing 41 goals and 18 assists last fall, which included a record six-goal performance in the Class C Quarterfinals. A three-time team captain, Krohn was a five-time All-League honoree and a two-time Class C Player of the Year, All-State, and League MVP selection. She also played six years of club soccer with the Albany Alleycats.
“Carrie has an explosive burst of speed to go with her excellent technical ability,” said Karbowski. “She can use her skill or speed to get behind the defense, and has the versatility to do it from the width or as a striker. Her relentless effort off the ball and defensive pressure can disrupt and cause turnovers in key areas leading to transition opportunities. Carrie is a fiery competitor who will always challenge the team and elevate the level.”
Emily McNelis led Northport to back-to-back Class AA Suffolk County Championships while amassing a 65-5-3 record as a starting midfielder over the past four years. The Northport, New York native was named a Fourth Team All-State, a Newsday and News 12 First Team All-Long Island, and a News 12 Second Team All-Metro selection while also being tabbed the Suffolk County League II Player of the Year last fall. She previously earned Seventh Team All-State and Newsday Second Team All-Long Island acclaim following her junior season. McNelis plays her club soccer for SUSA FC, which she helped guide to a New York State Cup and Disney Flight Championship last season.
“Emily has a great combination of talent to be a controlling and dominant midfielder,” commented Karbowski. “She will be best as a central midfielder, and equally valuable defensively or offensively. She has the toughness and defensive mindset to be a classic defensive center mid. Her technical ability to distribute and dictate the game can provide quality in the offensive end. Emily has the right attitude to compete to accompany her skill and tactical awareness.”
Brianna Montinard joins the Saints from Hainesport, New Jersey where she was named an All-Olympic Conference First Team All-Division honoree after leading Bishop Eustace to both a Group A Sectional and State Championship last fall. She was named the Defensive MVP last season, and previously earned Team MVP and Coaches Award recognition following her junior season. Montinard plays her club soccer for the PDA Eagles, and also competed for five years at the ODP state level.
“Brianna is a strong and determined defensive player,” explained Karbowski. “She is really versatile to play anywhere along the backline and in a defensive midfield role. Her ability to be a ball-winner, quality individual defender, and technical possession player are a perfect fit for what we expect from the defensive unit. Brianna has all the characteristics to be a top defender.”
Ashleigh Sarafin amassed 127 points on the strength of 48 goals and 31 assists over a brilliant four-year varsity career at Roxbury, which she led to 61 wins, three Morris County Championships, one state sectional title, and an NJAC Conference Championship. The Landing, New Jersey star was tabbed a Third Team All-State and a First Team All-NJAC selection after guiding the Lady Gaels to a 16-2-1 overall record and a Sectional Final appearance last fall. Sarafin plays her club soccer for the NJ Stallions Stampede, who were ranked fifth nationally and second in the State of New Jersey. She helped lead the squad to a Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship and a National League Runner-Up finish as a top-five goal scorer last season.
“Ashleigh is complete offensive player who will likely be best as a striker,” remarked Karbowski. “She has a great understanding for the game to put herself in positions to score goals, and has the technical ability to score in a variety of ways. Ashleigh plays well with her back to the goal, and is a very good possession player as well.”
Siena will look to its incoming eight-member freshman class to help offset the graduation of seven seniors who contributed to an 11-8 overall record last season, including a fourth place finish in the MAAC following a 6-4 league ledger. The Saints are expected to return eight starters this fall, including leading scorer Gabby Albano and starting goalkeeper Taylor Dorado.