PLAYER OF THE YEAR — DANIELLE AXELROD, ARLINGTON
Vital stats: The senior co-captain finished off the season with 63 goals, 20 assists, 60 groundballs and 29 draw controls. A member of the state finalist Arlington girls soccer team and a basketball player at the Freedom Plains-based school, Axelrod will play soccer in the fall at Monmouth University.
Quotable: “Danielle is a true multi-sport athlete and she is the hardest worker I have ever had the pleasure of coaching.” Arlington coach Dan Schmitt said of the All-Section 1 player.
Vital stats: The freshman finished the season with 28 goals, 13 assists, 39 groundballs and 48 draw controls.
Quotable: “Jenny is only a freshman, but she made a huge impact on our team this season. Her future is very bright,” said Arlington coach Dan Schmitt.
School: Red Hook
Vital stats: The senior midfielder finished the season with 20 goals, 11 assists, 74 draw controls, nine caused turnovers, 10 interceptions and 26 groundballs.
Quotable: “Becky is a very strong presence all over our field. With 74 draw controls, she was critical to our ball possession and hence our success. As a midfielder, she was important in our attack, defense and midfield. She plays tremendous off-ball defense; she caused 19 turnovers this year, most in off-ball situations. Becky’s work ethic is second-to-none, and her leadership has been a very big part of our team’s success,” Red Hook coach Yvonne Turchetti said.
School: Red Hook
Vital stats: The sophomore midfielder finished off the season with 37 goals, 10 assists, 22 draw controls, 12 caused turnovers, seven interceptions and 15 groundballs.
Quotable: “Lindsay’s growth this year was tremendous. As a midfielder, holding key responsibilities on both ends of the field, she was critical to our success,” Turchetti said. “She developed the abilities to look for her shot and set up others. Defensively, Lindsay is fast and tough, she is very strong, both on and off the ball. Lindsay is a fierce competitor and a leader on our team.”
Vital stats: Kerr scored 80 goals to lead all Dutchess County girls this season. The senior tallied five assists as well. Kerr netted All-Section 1 Honorable Mention honors.
Quotable: “She was our most valuable player by far with quick stick skills and she executed fast breaks extremely well,” Beacon coach Christina DeVall said. “She was our center and was very fast on the center draw.”
School: Red Hook
Vital stats: Laing completed the season with 35 goals, 20 assists and 12 draw controls.
Quotable: “Sophie was absolutely tremendous this year. She was tasked with leading our attack, and with her sense of calm and consistent play, she did so very well. In our very balanced attack, Sophie led the way with 55 points,” Turchetti said. “Sophie’s development as a player is a testament to her work ethic and desire to be better every day. Her leadership was outstanding.”
Vital stats: Loira had an 11.1 saves per game average with 178 saves.
Quotable: “Megan was our last line of defense. She singlehandedly kept us in so many games this year. If she works on her game and continues to improve, she could play goalie at the next level,” said Wappingers coach Anthony Whitehouse.
Vital stats: The All-Section 1 Honorable-Mention player finished the season with 37 goals, five assists and 23 groundballs.
Quotable: “Olivia was one our hardest workers each and every day in practice and games. Her hustle had a positive impact on us as a team all season,” Whitehouse said.
Vital stats: Serlin finished the season with 61 goals, 10 assists and 31 ground balls. The All-Section 1 Honorable Mention pick graduated as Arlington’s all-time leading scorer with 128 goals.
Quotable: “Kelsea is relentless on offense and she is our program’s all-time leader in goals with 128. Union College is getting a prolific scorer in Kelsea Serlin.” Schmitt said.
School: Red Hook
Vital stats: The junior had 43 goals, seven assists, 10 draw controls and 13 groundballs.
Quotable: “Caitlin had a breakout year. She was our leading scorer with 43 goals and second in points. Caitlin is fast, very fast, and this year, she learned how to use her speed and quickness both in the midfield and in the offensive set. She also provides tremendous pressure defense in the midfield. Overall, Caitlin has become a much more complete player and is a critical part of our team’s growth,” said Turchetti.
Arlington: Katie Curran, Biz LaTuso, Taryn Murphy, Maggie Cook. Ricki Schenker, Meg Burke, Edie Alden
Beacon: Anni Jacketti, Kailee Ruyack
Millbrook: Taylor Goodwill, Julia Galantich, Courtney Lewis, Amanda Critelli
Red Hook: Insun Hendricks, Hajar Ismail, Summer Mosher, Brenna Couture, Olivia Bemis, Victoria Clifford
Wappingers: Jenna Lasaponara, Alyssa Zeoli, Allie Elmes
COACH OF THE YEAR — DAN SCHMITT, ARLINGTON
Vital stats: Together with his wife, Maeghan, they helped bring the program from a 2-12-2 record in 2010 to a 10-6-1 in the 2012 season. They earned a sixth seed in the Section 1 Class A playoffs and got a bye in the first round. They also were able to beat every girls lacrosse team in Dutchess County this year.
Quotable: “All of his hard work has paid off this year. Arlington made great strides against those powerhouse programs from Westchester and Putnam,” Wappingers coach Anthony Whitehouse said.