Although teammates Farmer and Hall got more attention, Catalano helped keep the Maroons on the winning track with stellar play from the back. Scoring her first-ever collegiate goals with a hat-trick against NYU, she was one of the team’s most dangerous offensive weapons with her swerving set pieces and crosses. The Bay state native assisted on five goals this season and probably could have had more. On the defensive side, she was a vital part of a unit that allowed only 14 goals in 18 games.
Honorable mention: Sally Hall, Christine Farmer
While a host of players were worthy, Kirkenmeier gets the nod as the glue that held a young team together. From his defensive central midfield position, he won nearly every 50–50 header and was an excellent offensive catalyst with his field vision and ability to accurately place balls to his teammates as well as create scoring opportunities for himself.
Honorable mention: Andrew Hamilton, Jon Cartwright, Keith Crum
In his first season at Stagg, Wiercinski took over a young and inexperienced men’s soccer program and molded it into an NCAA tournament squad. After getting off to a slow start, he got his players to buy into his system and they took off in the second half of the season, earning wins over National Semifinalists Dominican and runners-up Wheaton. With nine starters plus goalie Micah Gruber returning, Wiercinski has his club primed for the future as well.
Honorable mention: Dianda Buchiarrelli (volleyball), Edgar Friloux (m. soccer), Elizabeth So (w. XC)
Returning to Nationals for the first time since 2003, women’s cross country peaked at the right time, earning a 19th-place finish at the NCAA championships. Led by fourth-year All-American Abraham, and classmates Perera and Kropp, the squad overcame mid-season inconsistencies to finish strong down the stretch.
Honorable mention: men’s soccer
Rinklin displayed his versatility this season after tearing up the UAA in 2005. While posting solid aerial numbers in an offense devoid of a big play threat, he opted to call his own number more this season and more often than not found daylight. The fourth-year kept opponents on their toes with his arm as well as his feet scoring 11 touchdowns.
Honorable mention: The line
The Maroons’ lone representatives at Nationals, the fourth-years carried the team all season. Providing veteran leadership in addition to blazing speed, Hague and Bojanov helped keep the program in the national picture during an up-and-down season.
On a squad laden with veterans, Abraham stands out for her surprising 27th-place finish at the NCAA meet. Notching All-American honors in her first appearance on the national stage, she slogged through the mud in West Chester, Ohio to become the seventh All-American in program history.
Runners up: Dilshanie Perera, Jackie Kropp
With several up-and-coming hitters packing a punch at the net this season, the Maroons’ only fourth-year has done a seamless job of creating offensive opportunities all season. Sindy led the squad in assists, averaging 5.33 per game and tallying 671 on the season. This fall she pushed her career to 3461 to become the program’s new record holder in that category.