FAIRFIELD, Conn. –
The Fairfield University women's soccer program officially announced the nine member Class of 2022 who will settle onto the Fairfield campus in a couple months. Amy Akerley, Jennifer Bonifazio, Erika Breitfeller, Hanley Courter, Brooke Hernon, Lexi Lehan, Alexis Mason, Aytana Muschajew, and Stephanie Tsangaris comprise the group that adds several skill sets to the Fairfield roster.
"I am excited to welcome this group of young women into our program," first year Head Coach David Barrett
said. "I thought we accomplished quite a lot in the spring with our returning players, but know we have some areas we need to address heading into the fall. The coaches are expecting several of the newcomers to contribute right away on the field. It's going to be a fun experience teaching them and integrating them into the group!"
Amy Akerley –
Akerley comes to Fairfield after playing her high school soccer at Coventry and her club soccer at Oakwood. At Coventry, Akerley was a two-time team MVP with 50 goals and 38 assists in her career. She was a three-time All-Conference selection and a two-time honoree on the CGSCA All-State squad. As a member of the Oakwood Soccer Club DA Team, Akerley started in 16 matches and scored three times as a midfielder. She helped Oakwood to five victories in their last seven outings, most recently playing all 90 minutes in a 2-0 win against FC Fury.
Jennifer Bonifazio –
Bonifazio was the center back and engineer of a St. Anthony's defense that helped the Friars to a perfect 17-0 record and a CHSAA State Title. She helped control a backline that surrendered just five goals in 17 games, including a nine-game shutout streak to end the regular season. In total, Bonifazio helped St. Anthony's to 12 shutouts in 2017, including a 4-0 victory over Xaverian in the CHSAA Title Game, a contest where she also tallied an assist. For her efforts on the pitch, the defender was named to the All-State First Team, News 12 All-Long Island First Team, and Newsday All-Long Island Second Team. She was also named the team's Scholar Athlete. She was also a captain for her club team, SUSA Academy, helping them to become 2017 National Finalists.
Erika Breitfeller –
A speedy forward out of Long Island, Breitfeller was the top scorer in Suffolk County her last two seasons with 46 points, including tallying 18 goals and eight assists as a senior. Before the season, she was named one of Newsday's top-50 players in Long Island and was a two-time All-County performer. Breitfeller played her club soccer for the East Islip Red Storm and helped them to a first-place spot in the EDP League.
Hanley Courter –
Holy Names Academy
Courter comes to Fairfield from Holy Names Academy in Seattle, Wash., where she was a three-time All-League performer. Courter played club soccer at Crossfire Premier, one of the top ESNL teams in the country,
where she played in 20 matches and started eight for a team that was unbeaten and was the top-ranked program in the nation. Courter also helped Crossfire Premier to the 2016 Northwest Conference Championship, a year where they finished third in the nation.
Brooke Hernon –
Hernon comes off a successful high school career as she helped Central Catholic to a 42-game unbeaten streak that featured an unblemished 23-0 record and Division I State Championship as a junior. Known for her ability to set up her other teammates, Hernon recorded 13 assists as a midfielder and was referred to as an "unsung hero" by her coach. For her efforts she was named to the EMGSCA All-State squad as well as a spot on the Merrimack Valley Conference (MVC) All-Star team. She has also been a captain for her the Aztec Club Soccer team since 2015.
Lexi Lehan –
The Rivers School
The defender helped the Rivers School to six shutouts during the 2017 season, while also finishing sixth on the team with five points coming on one goal and three assists. She was also a 2017 Independent School League Honorable Mention and helped her team to the 2015 NEPSAC and ISL Championship. She played her club soccer for GPS where she was a three-year captain and won a state championship.
Alexis Mason –
As a left back, Mason helped St. Joseph capture both the FCIAC and Class L State Championship during her senior season after posting an 11-1-4 mark during the regular season. She helped the Cadets to their third-straight state title after the squad posted 10 shutouts during the season, including a 1-0 triumph over Staples in the title game. For her efforts, Mason was named to the All-FCIAC Second Team during her junior and senior seasons. Mason played her club soccer for CFC United.
Aytana Muschajew –
One of the top goalkeepers in the state of New Jersey, Muschajew was a Morris County All-County net minder and helped lead Parsipanny Hills to an improbable NJSIAA Group II Championships as the 14th seed in 2016. In the playoffs, Muschajew recorded four shutouts in the team's six contests. She also helped guide her club squad, New Jersey Copa FC, to the US Club Soccer NPL Finals title in 2017. She was one of three goalkeepers named to the All-National Division First Team last season.
Stephanie Tsangaris –
Elwood John-H. Glenn
A striker out of Long Island, Tsangaris was the Knights' leading scorer for four-straight seasons and is coming off a 31-point senior year that featured 20 goals and 11 assists. Tsangaris was consistent touching the net, tallying at least one score in 14 of her 18 contests including a hat trick against Southampton in September. Her goal scoring ability, which featured 55 goals and 41 assists in her high school career, helped her become a two-time selection to the All-State Team and All-County squads. She played her club soccer at Susa Academy.
The group will join a Stags team that will be under the direction of first year Head Coach David Barrett
as he begins his inaugural season with the Stags. Fairfield finished last year with a 6-9-2 record before being eliminated by Iona in the MAAC Championship First Round.