Conway, Carroll Highlight All-Conference Awards
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The University at Albany women’s lacrosse team landed 13 overall America East All-Conference selections, the conference announced at the America East Tournament awards banquet Wednesday night. Among the 13 were two major awards, with Madison Conway winning Offensive Player of the Year and Hailey Carroll winning Rookie of the Year.
Conway and Carroll were joined on the All-Conference First Team by teammates Sam Tortora, Kyla Zapolski, Imani Hedgeman, and Jordyn Marr. Kendra Harbinger was named All-Conference Second Team, and Kadi Futia was named to the All-Rookie Team alongside Carroll. Additionally, Marr and Tortora each earned All-Academic recognition.
Conway, a junior attack from Wantagh, N.Y., earns her first All-Conference award and first major award. She ranks third on the team with 33 goals, tied for second with 15 assists, and tied for third with 48 points. Conway has appeared in all 16 games this season, making 12 starts, and scored four goals in a single game four times, including a four-goal, four-assist performance against New Hampshire, in which she scored the game-winning goal with 15 seconds remaining. Her 48 points are tied for ninth in the America East this season, and she was named Offensive Player of the Week one time.
Carroll, a freshman attack from Fulton, N.Y., ranks second in the team this season with 40 goals and fifth on the team with 48 points. Carroll has scored multiple goals in 11 of 16 games, including three or more in eight and four or more in four, including a season-high six goals against UMass Lowell. Carroll scored two or more goals in eight straight games from March 19 through April 20, and her 40 goals rank seventh in the America East. She was named Rookie of the Week six times this season.
Tortora, a junior midfielder from North Syracuse, N.Y., earns her second-straight All-Conference First Team selection. She leads the team with 54 points and 36 assists while adding 18 goals, 26 draw controls, and 18 ground balls. Tortora became the program’s all-time career assists leader, recording her 84th by setting up Conway for the game-winning goal against New Hampshire. Tortora previously was named to the 2017 All-Rookie Team. Her 36 assists and 54 points rank second and tied for fifth in the America East, respectively. Academically, Tortora has accumulated a 3.52 GPA studying Business Finance & Marketing.
Zapolski, a sophomore midfielder from Bayport, N.Y., was previously named to the 2018 All-Rookie Team. She leads the team with 41 goals this season, and ranks tied for third with 48 points, in addition to recording seven assists, 30 draw controls, and 24 ground balls. Zapolski has scored two or more goals in 11 out of 16 games this season, including five games in which she scored four or more. Her 41 goals rank fifth in the America East, and her 48 points are tied for ninth.
Hedgeman, a junior defender from Fayetteville, Ga., earns her first career All-Conference selection. She ranks second in the America East with 1.53 caused turnovers per game this season, and she has additionally won 18 ground balls.
Marr, a junior defender from Clifton Park, N.Y., earns her second-straight All-Conference First Team and All-Academic selections. She has won 25 ground balls and 17 draw controls starting all 16 games this season, while also causing 16 turnovers and scoring one goal. Academically, Marr has accumulated a 3.97 GPA studying Business Administration/Management Information and Sociology.
Harbinger, a sophomore midfielder/attack from Clifton Park, N.Y., Harbinger previously was named to the 2018 America East All-Rookie Team and was named 2018 Rookie of the Year. She ranks second on the team with 49 points and third with 34 goals. Harbinger has had nine multi-goal games this season, including a four-game stretch to start the year where she scored a total of 16 goals, including a season-high five against Bucknell. Harbinger’s 49 points rank tied for eighth in the America East, and she was named Offensive Player of the Week one time this season.
Futia, a freshman attack from Schenectady, N.Y., has scored five goals and recorded one assist in 13 games this season. Additionally, she has won 14 draw controls and four ground balls.
UAlbany’s 13 total awards were the most for a single team, exceeding 2019 regular-season champion and tournament host Stony Brook’s total by one. The Great Danes also landed the most First Team selections, with six, one more than Stony Brook’s five. New Hampshire came away with the most All-Academic selections with five.
Stony Brook claimed three major awards, with America East points and goals leader Ally Kennedy winning Midfielder of the Year, Mackenzie Burns winning Defensive Player of the Year, and Anna Tesoriero winning Goalkeeper of the Year. New Hampshire’s Sarah Albrecht was named Coach of the Year.
UAlbany will play three-seed New Hampshire in the America East semifinals at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 2. The winner will advance to Saturday’s America East title game against the winner of the semifinal matchup between Stony Brook and UMBC.