Sabrina Bryan was named CAA attacking player of the year. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra SID)
RICHMOND, Va. – After compiling a 13-3-2 record during the regular season, including an undefeated league slate, the Hofstra University women claimed four major Colonial Athletic Association awards, it was announced Thursday afternoon.
A program-record eight student-athletes also were listed on the all-conference teams.
Junior forward Sabrina Bryan was named the CAA attacking player of the year, junior Lucy Porter was selected as the CAA midfielder of the year, freshman Anja Suttner collected co-defensive player of the year and rookie of the year honors and head coach Simon Riddiough was tabbed the coach of the year for the third time.
“This is a tremendous honor for our program,” Riddiough said. “I can’t thank our outstanding coaching staff, Gerry Lucey, Kelsey Yam and Ruairi McGuinness enough for their hard work and relentless dedication throughout the season.”
Four Pride players were named to the All-CAA first team, one earned All-CAA second team honors, two earned All-CAA third team honors and two were selected to the conference All-Rookie Team.
Bryan earned the first major award of her career after recording seven goals and eight assists for 22 points. A strong foot up the left wing, Bryan has led the conference in shots (77) and shots per game (4.28) with her average ranking 19th nationally. Her 22 points and 1.22 points per game rank third in the CAA, while she also is in top-five in goals.
Porter has been an unstoppable offensive force. A MAC Hermann Watch List honoree earlier this season, she has led the team and the CAA in points (35), points per game (1.94), goals (14), goals per game (0.78) and game-winning goals (5). Entering the postseason, Porter ranks fifth nationally in points and eighth in goals and is approaching the Hofstra season record in both categories.
Suttner, s starting center back who is ranked among the top-40 freshman in the nation by Top Draw Soccer, receivef two major awards after anchoring a back line that allowed 0.95 goals per match during CAA action while also tallying three shutouts. She also recorded two goals and two assists this season.
In addition to Bryan, Porter and Suttner, sophomore Miri Taylor earned All-Conference girst yeam honors. A threat on the front line from the start, Taylor has recorded nine goals, seven assists, and 25 points. Her goal and point totals rank second in the CAA, and she is tied for first with Porter in game-winning goals with five. She has recorded at least one goal in eight of the last 10 matches and at least one point in nine of the last 10.
Junior forward Lucy Shepherd reeled in All-Conference honors for the first time in her career as she was named to the second team. Another key piece of Hofstra’s attack, Shepherd has registered five goals, nine assists, and 19 points. Her nine assists and 0.50 assists per game stand second in the CAA while her assist total is the fifth-highest in the nation.
Junior midfielders Jordan Littleboy and Bella Richards received CAA postseason honors for the first time and were named to the All-League third team. Littleboy tallied four assists, including two in a 3-1 victory over James Madison University midway through the year. Richards recorded one assist against nationally ranked Rutgers University.
Freshman Skylar Kuzmich earned a spot on the league’s All-Rookie team after starting all 18 matches in between the iron this year. She has recorded 43 saves this season while calculating a 1.33 goals against average, including an incredible 0.88 goals against mark and 0.714 save percentage in conference action. Kuzmich has also recorded three clean sheets on her own this season while contributing to four shutouts.
Hofstra will kick off action in the CAA tournament semifinal Sunday. Match time against either No. 4 Northeastern or No. 5 Elon is set for 1 p.m. at the Hofstra Soccer Stadium.