Kristin Desmond scored nine goals and assisted on three others for Hofstra (Photo courtesy of Hofstra Sports Communications)
After enjoying a career year in her senior season at Hofstra University, Kristin Desmond Tuesday added another honor to her resume.
The East Northport, N.Y. native was named FrontRowSoccer.com women’s college player of the year. The award, selected by the website’s staff, goes to the top player in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area.
Desmond was an offensive dynamo for the Pride, connecting for nine goals and assisting on three others on a team that ran the table in the Colonial Athletic Association regular season and tournament with an 11-0 record.
How vital was the 5-3 Desmond to the Hofstra attack? The Pride (14-6-3), which reached the NCAA Division I women’s tournament, went 8-1-1 when she either scored or set up a goal. That’s how important she was.
Not surprisingly, the Northport High School graduate earned CAA player of the year honors and was named to the NCAA Division I All-America third team.
Perhaps Desmond’s most impressive performance came within a four-game span midway through the season, accruing 11 points. That included a brace in a 2-0 victory over UNCW, a goal and an assist in a 2-0 triumph over Drexel University and a goal in wins over William & Mary College (3-1) and Towson University (3-0)
Desmond also assisted on the game-winning goal in the final minute at the College of Charleston, a 2-1 result that put a punctuation mark on the Pride’s unbeaten CAA regular-season run.
She also finished among the top 10 among Hofstra women players in career goals (23) and points (56).
On Monday, Hofstra head coach Simon Riddiough was named FrontRowSoccer’s women’s coach coach of the year.