LOUDONVILLE, NY – Siena Women’s Soccer Head Coach Steve Karbowski has announced his five-member incoming recruiting class. Lexi Bartlow, Brooke Boermeester, Danielle Borrino, Katrina Kurtz, and Caitlin Wania are set to comprise the Saints’ Class of 2023.
“We are excited and looking forward to working with the group coming in for 2019,” said Karbowski, who recently completed his 20th season at the helm. “These five student athletes will be great additions to both our soccer program and the Siena College community.”
Bartlow led Chenango Forks to NYSPHSAA Class B State Championships twice in the past three years. The 5-2 back from Binghamton, New York captained the Blue Devils to an unbeaten 21-0-1 mark this fall. Bartlow was named a Class B Second Team All-State selection after anchoring a Blue Devils’ defense which bequeathed just five goals over 22 games. Named a Class B Third Team All-State honoree following both her sophomore and junior seasons, she helped guide Chenango Forks to four Section IV Championships. Bartlow has been a part of the four-time State Cup and three-time Region I Champion BC United ’01 Premier club team.
“Lexi is a strong and consistent defensive player,” remarked Karbowski. “She is very accurate with her passing, and can play both short and long equally well. Her ability to read the game, win the ball, and distribute make her a very complete defender.”
Boermeester was named a 2018 Eastern Massachusetts All-Star, the Merrimack Valley Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, and a Boston Herald All-Scholastic selection. The 5-9 product from Dracut, Massachusetts led her team to a pair of Merrimack Valley Conference Championships, and was tabbed a 2017 Boston Globe, Lowell Sun, and MVC All-Star. Boermeester played five years of club soccer for FC Stars of Massachusetts.
“Brooke is a very complete goalkeeper,” explained Karbowski. “She has the size and competitive training mentality to display all her ability. Her technique is very good with the talent to make all the saves, and her quality distribution will make her a great addition to our goalkeeping unit.”
Borrino was heralded a Third Team All-State and an All Non-Public First Team honoree after leading Red Bank Catholic to both the Shore Conference Tournament and Non-Public A Championship Matches this season. The 5-5 back out of Atlantic Highlands, New Jersey was a key cog on the Casey’s defense which registered 10 shutouts this fall, and also chipped in with a pair of goals and eight assists. Borrino was named both a First Team All-Shore Conference and a New Jersey Soccer Coaches Association Sectional Recognition awardee each of the past two seasons, and helped guide Red Bank Catholic to both the New Jersey Girls Soccer Group A State and Sectional Championships in 2016.
“Danielle is a very competitive and composed defender,” noted Karbowski. “She is tough in the tackle, and has the ability to start the attack with her distribution. Her toughness and work ethic will be a great fit with the team.”
Kurtz has spent the past two seasons playing for the NYCFC of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, amassing 20 goals and 26 assists to lead her squad to back-to-back GDA National playoff appearances. The 5-8 midfielder from Katonah, New York has been a four-time GDA Weekly Standout honoree, and is ranked 13th regionally by TopDrawerSoccer. Kurtz previously played two years at Somers High, where she was named an All-League selection both seasons.
“Katrina is a dynamic offensive player,” commented Karbowski. “She plays with great pace and excels in a 1v1 situation, with the ability to break down the defense and create in the offensive third. Her vision, creativity, and ability to set up and score goals will be a valuable addition to the team.”
A local product from nearby Ballston Spa, New York, Wania was a two-time captain who amassed 37 goals and 16 assists spanning a five-year varsity career at Ballston Spa. The 5-6 forward was a three-time First Team Suburban Council selection, who led her squad to the program’s first sectional semifinals appearance in 16 years this fall. A Section II Class A All-Section and First Team Suburban Council All-Star, Wania was also named a Class AA Fourth Team All-State honoree this season. She played five years of club soccer for the Albany Alleycats, and was part of the U12 NY State Cup Champions. Wania competed for the past two seasons for the Quickstrike club team.
“Caitlin is a very technical offensive player,” proclaimed Karbowski. “She is creative on the dribble in 1v1 situations, and has a goal scoring mentality. Her versatility and attacking ability will provide another option in the offensive end.”
The quintet join a Siena Women’s Soccer program which posted an 11-8-3 overall record this past season including a 6-2-2 mark in conference action, while advancing to the MAAC Championship Match for the fifth time in program history.