HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Hofstra University women received all nine possible first-place votes and was the overwhelming favorite to repeat in the Colonial Athletic Association, it was announced Thursday.

Senior defender Madeline Anderson was named the preseason co-player of the Year and was joined on the preseason All-CAA team by sophomore midfielder Bella Richards.

The Pride received 81 points in the poll to beat out Northeastern, which got one first-place vote and 70 points. The voting was done by the league’s head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own team or student-athletes.

Anderson was the 2017 CAA defensive player of the year, along with earning United Soccer Coaches first team All-Region and All-CAA first team honors. She anchored a defense that posted 11 shutouts, while also adding two goals and two assists.

Richards played in all 21 games last season and earned All-CAA second team and CAA All-Rookie accolades during her freshman campaign. She tallied three goals and three assists, while making 14 starts in the midfield.

Hofstra compiled a 15-4-2 record in 2017 and an unblemished 9-0 CAA mark. After capturing the regular season conference title, the Pride won the CAA crown to advance to NCAA Division I Tournament.

Hofstra opens the season on Friday, August 17 when it travels to Bucknell for a 1 p.m. contest.

Preseason Poll (1st place votes) – points

1. Hofstra (9) – 81 points
2. Northeastern (1) – 70
3. James Madison – 57
4. Drexel – 55
5. William & Mary – 48
6. College of Charleston – 45
7. Delaware – 32
8. Elon – 27
9. UNCW – 25
10. Towson – 10

Preseason All-CAA

Laura Ortega, College of Charleston – Forward
Hannah Rosenblatt, Northeastern – Forward
Haley Crawford, James Madison – Forward
Sarah Segan, William & Mary – Forward
Shaelyn McCarty, Drexel – Midfield
Molly McGarry, UNCW – Midfield
Bella Richards, Hofstra – Midfield
Madeline Anderson, Hofstra – Defense
Julianne Ross, Northeastern – Defense
Kierra Hennessy, Drexel – Defense
Maddie Brill-Edwards, College of Charleston – Defense
Natalie Niedetch, Northeastern – Goalkeeper

Preseason Co-Player of the Year: Laura Ortega, College of Charleston
Preseason Co-Player of the Year: Madeline Anderson, Hofstra