Lucy Porter and Sabrina Bryan are up for national honors. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)
Hofstra University women’s soccer standouts Sabrina Bryan and Lucy Porter have been named two of 30 candidates nationally for the 2020-21 Women’s Soccer Senior CLASS Award.
Thirty of the top NCAA women’s soccer student-athletes, who excel both on and off the field, were selected as candidates for the award.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates can be found at the link on the top of this release.
Bryan and Porter were chosen to the 2021 MAC Hermann Trophy Watch List.
Bryan, one of the most talented forwards in the Colonial Athletic Association, was named the CAA Attacking Player of the Year in 2019. Among her accolades were also United Soccer Coaches All-America and All-Region honors, as well as All-CAA First Team honors.
Through her first five games, Bryan made several jumps in the Hofstra career record books. Her four points gave her 84 in her career, moving her into fifth-place all-time. She now also has 24 assists, ranking third all-time in school history. Finally, her 30 career goals are now tied for sixth in Hofstra history. This season, she is leading Hofstra with 16 points and eight assists.
Bryan also excels in the classroom and in the community. An Exercise Science major at Hofstra, Brian carries a 3.38 GPA and earned United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-America second team honors in 2019. She was twice named to the Dean’s List and Hofstra Athletic Director Scholars list and has received CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll on several occasions.
Bryan has also taken part in numerous community service projects with her team through Hofstra’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee including Pride and Plant, Dr. Seuss Reading Day at Gardiner Ave. Elementary School, Move-In Day, One Million Acts of Good, and more.
In regards to her character, Bryan’s work ethic and desire to win are second-to-none, and she never shies away from the responsibility of carrying her team. She demands maximum effort from herself at all times, competes hard every day, and is an inspiration to her teammates.
Porter has collected a number of other accolades as well as she was named the 2019 CAA Midfielder of the Year along with USC All-America, USC All-Region, and All-CAA honors, and more during her 2019 campaign.
Similar to Bryan, Porter has continued to climb up the Hofstra record books during her storied career as her point total (89) is now tied for third in program history while her goal total (37) is fourth. Porter has tallied 15 points (6 A, 3 A) during her senior season thus far, leading the team in goals.
Porter is also an incredible student in the classroom, as she carries a 3.77 cumulative GPA as a Community Health major with minors in neuroscience and psychology. She was named to the USC Scholar All-America First Team in 2019, is a two-time Provost’s List and Dean’s List recipient and has been named to the CAA Commissioner’s Academic Honor Roll in every possible semester.
Porter also spent time volunteering through Hofstra’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and has assisted with events such as National Girls and Women in Sports Day, One Million Acts of Good, Move-In Day, Pride and Plant, and more. She is also a Hofstra Health Ambassador where she promotes safety measures on campus in accordance with public health initiatives.
Since arriving at Hofstra, Porter has been an integral part of the program. She is a wonderfully balanced individual who values all aspects of being a student-athlete. Porter is respected by all of her teammates and was chosen as a team captain by her peers in 2018. Ever since, she has led by example. Porter makes everything look easy and is a born leader, comfortable and confident in all of her surroundings. She pushes her teammates to new levels in a positive and motivating manner which makes her stand out.
The candidate list will be narrowed to 10 finalists in April, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches, and fans, who will select a winner who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character, and competition.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2021 NCAA Women’s College Cup® championships in May.