Mason Tatafu scored his first career goal last week. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y, – Hofstra University freshman defender Mason Tatafu has been named the Colonial Athletic Association rookie of the week, it was announced Monday by the conference office.

The award was the first of the season for Tatafu.

A native of Perth, Australia, Tatafu tallied his first career goal in Hofstra’s 2-1 loss at Northeastern University. The scoring play come off a corner kick late in the contest. The ball found its way to Tatafu in the left side of the box and he right-footed a volley into the center of the goal.

Tatafu has started all four games for the Pride and has played every minute on the Pride’s back line.