Brooke Barbuto spent four years on Long Island as a member of Stony Brook’s women’s soccer team and would later play in Europe in the Finnish First Division.
The Syracuse native earlier this year was named a player/assistant coach for Rochester, and she was a major factor in the Lady Lancers becoming a playoff contender this past season after earning only 1 point in 2017. A starter in the team’s 10 matches, she had 8 goals and 2 assists while playing in every minute this season.
“It’s an honor and privilege to win an individual award like this, and I am grateful to my team for helping me achieve this award,” said Barbuto. “Obviously we had hoped to win a championship and while being a game away from securing a playoff position was devastating, that doesn’t take away from the success we had. We made great improvements from last season, and hoping to continue building next season.”
A four-year starter at Stony Brook, Barbuto finished her college career with 17 goals and 9 assists. She was selected to the All-Academic team, America East All-Rookie Team, All-America East First Team, NSCAA All-Northeast Region First Team, Soccer Buzz Magazine’s All-Northeast Region Second Team, and America East Tournament All-Championship team. She served as Team Captain and was selected Most Valuable Player in her Senior Year.
After graduating from Stony Brook, Barbuto played professionally with the Buffalo Flash and would later head to Europe to play in Iceland and Finland.