Brooke Barubto was a game changer for the Lady Lancers. (Photo courtesy of the Lancers)

Rochester Lady Lancers midfielder Brooke Barbuto was named United Women’s Soccer MVP, it was announced by the league Friday.

Heralded by many within the league as the most consistent player, 5he former Stony Brook University standout was an integral part of making the Lady Lancers, a team that earned only one point in the 2017 season, to become a playoff contender in 2018.

Barbuto started all 10 matches for the Lady Lancers and never left the field while scoring eight goals and assisting on two others, which secured her a top-five finish in UWS for goals and points (18) categories. She also led all midfielders in those categories as well.

“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,” Barbuto said. “I have played both domestically and Internationally and the players and league deserve recognition for the level of play and the high standards the league has set. 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. Thanks to the Lancers organization for the opportunity!”