HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Hofstra University women’s head coach Simon Riddiough announced Tuesday that seniors Kelly Gerdes, Kristin Desmond and Rhian Cleverly will serve as the Pride’s captains for this season.

“This group will continue to bring strong leadership to our team,” Riddiough said. “They are vocal leaders and leaders by example, bringing great work ethic and commitment to the team day in and day out.”

Gerdes, a native of Wantagh, N.Y., made her debut for the Pride last season as a junior after missing two seasons due to injury. She rarely left the field, serving as an integral part of the Hofstra backline and earning CAA All-rookie team honors.

Desmond, a versatile player from East Northport, N.Y., was an All-Colonial Athletic Association third team pick following last season, after finishing second on the team with six goals and two assists. A senior, Desmond will be counted on to lead the Pride on and off the field.

Hailing from Newport, Wales, Cleverly was also a mainstay on the Hofstra backline a season ago. Her strong, vocal leadership has proven invaluable to the Pride in her three seasons with the team. She has appeared in 51 games, starting 45.