Rochester Lady Lancers midfielder Brooke Barbuto was named the United Women’s Soccer East Conference co-offensive player of the year, it was announced by the league Thursday.
Barbuto shared the honors with Inferno Rush forward Haley Crawford.
Inferno Rush defender Kelly O’Brien was named the conference’s defensive player of the year.
A former Stony Brook University midfielder, Barbuto was an integral part of making a Rochester team that earned only one point in the 2017 season to becoming a playoff contender in 2018.
She started all 10 matches and never left the field while scoring eight goals and assisting on two others. Those numbers secured her a top-five finish in UWS for goals and points (18) along with leading all midfielders in those categories as well. She is one of only three players to be named to a UWS team of the week three times. She also netted an honorable mention, making Barbuto the player to most frequent that list.
It was a breakout season for the James Madison University striker as Crawford finished in second place in UWS for goals and tied for third in total points.
Crawford completed the campaign with a flurry by scoring in four of the last five regular season matches, including tallying all four goals in a 4-2 road win over Western New York in Week IX. That result secured the conference regular season title. But her big moment came in the UWS national semifinals as during a driving rainstorm, she guided the Rush to a 4-3 victory over Grand Rapids FC Women by recording a hat-trick, helping the team reach its first UWS national final.