Junior midfielder Ally Kennedy fights for the ball during the America East semifinal game against UMBC on Thursday, May 2. Kennedy, a scoring machine for the Seawolves this year, was named America East Midfielder of the Year. EMMA HARRIS/THE STATESMAN

On Wednesday, May 1 the America East conference hosted its annual AEWLAX All-Conference & Major Awards banquet honoring the best players of the 2019 season. The league’s coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players, honored eight Stony Brook players with all-conference selections.

Senior midfielder Keri McCarthy and senior defender Carlee Janelli, as well as sophomore defender Haley Dillon, were named to the All-Conference Second Team.

Janelli and Dillon were key players on Stony Brook’s fourth-ranked scoring defense. Janelli secured 35 ground balls and caused 18 turnovers while serving as one of two defensive captains. Dillon gathered 27 ground balls and forced 32 turnovers, leading the conference in caused turnovers per game.

McCarthy — who was named to the initial Tewaaraton Award Men’s and Women’s Watch List — took the majority of Stony Brook’s draws, ending the season with 75 draw controls alongside 17 goals and 10 assists. She ranked fourth in the conference with 3.95 draw controls a game.

Five Seawolves — sophomore midfielder Siobhan Rafferty, junior attacker Taryn Ohlmiller, junior midfielder Ally Kennedy, senior defender Mackenzie Burns and senior goalkeeper Anna Tesoriero — were also named to the All-Conference First Team.

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Rafferty scored 47 goals on the season, tied for second in the conference, and was named to the All-Academic Team for carrying a 3.90 GPA.

Ohlmiller scored 65 points on 35 goals and 30 assists in limited game action. Also named to the Tewaaraton Award Men’s and Women’s Watch List in February, Ohlmiller notched a season-high eight points in Stony Brook’s opening game in Colorado. Despite missing five straight games due to a leg injury, Ohlmiller‘s 65 points would be good for a top-75 ranking nationally as of May 3.

Kennedy, a scoring machine for the Seawolves this year, was named America East Midfielder of the Year. A member of Team USA, she heads into NCAA tournament play with 80 goals, one of the best scoring outputs in the nation. She was one of 25 final nominees for the 2019 Tewaaraton Award. The finalists will be announced on Thursday, May 9.

Burns was a catalyst defensively, securing 28 ground balls and causing 24 turnovers while also picking up 32 draw controls. Her pace and control of the game earned her Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Tesoriero, the lone goalie on the All-Conference First Team, was fittingly awarded Goalkeeper of the Year. She allowed less than eight goals per 60 minutes played, leading the America East with a goals against average with 7.59. Tesoriero also finished third with a save percentage of .462.

Head coach Joe Spallina was surprisingly not awarded with Coach of the Year honors after leading his team to multiple wins over three ranked teams and a perfect 9-0 conference record en route to a seventh straight America East title.

Correction: May 6, 2019

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This article originally stated that senior Carlee Janelli was listed as a midfielder. Her position is a defender.

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