These six women were honored by the CAA. (Photo courtesy of Hofstra)
RICHMOND, Va. – After a superb regular season by the Hofstra University women, three players earned major Colonial Athletic Association awards while a total of six garnered All-CAA recognition, it was announced Wednesday morning.
Hofstra’s high-powered offense was recognized by the CAA coaches, as forward Miri Taylor earned CAA attacking player of the year accolades and fifth-year midfielder Lucy Porter secured her third consecutive CAA midfielder of the year honor. Freshman midfielder Georgia Brown also was named the CAA rookie of the year.
Taylor, Porter, junior defender Anja Suttner and fifth-year midfielder Jordan Littleboy collected first team all-conference honors. Brown and fifth-year forward Lucy Shepherd were named to the second team. Brown also landed a spot on the CAA All-Rookie team.
The Pride earned CAA attacking player of the year and midfielder of the year honors for the third successive season while Brown is Hofstra’s third rookie of the year in the last four seasons.
Taylor is in the midst of a remarkable senior campaign, leading the CAA and ranking third nationally with 15 goals. She has 10 assists and 40 points, tied for the Hofstra season program record. Taylor’s 40 points ranks second in the nation and is the highest total by any CAA player in the last 13 seasons. The Gillinham, England native recently became Hofstra’s all-time leader in assists, and she has since extended that record to 30. Taylor has recorded at least one point in 15-of-17 matches, including a season-high five in Hofstra’s win over Yale University.
Porter played a pivotal role for the Pride with six goals and 11 assists for 23 points. Nine assists came in October, while five of her six goals have been scored in her last three matches. The Birmingham, England native ranks ninth nationally with 0.69 assists per game and 11th in assists.
Brown, a two-time CAA rookie of the week, has scored six goals and added an assist for 13 points to provide depth to the midfield. In addition, Brown, who hails from Oxford, England, leads the Pride with four game-winning goals, tied for the second best in the CAA.
Littleboy, a midfielder from Watford, England, earned up her third All-CAA honor in the last three seasons, elevating her status from third team in 2019 to second team last spring to first team this season. Littleboy has accumulated four assists in 2021, ranking fourth on the team. Littleboy assisted on the game-winning goal in Hofstra’s win over No. 22 Princeton this season, propelling the Pride to its second win over a ranked opponent in program history.
Suttner, a defender from Bodenkirchen, Germany, secured her third All-CAA first team honor in as many seasons after while leading the back line. Suttner has helped the Pride to 11 shutouts, allowing opponents 0.50 goals a game. She has anchored a back line that allows opponents just 6.2 chances per outing.
Shepherd, another three-time All-CAA honoree, has six goals and 10 assists, ranking third on the team with 22 points. She also has three game-winning goals this year, and was instrumental in giving Hofstra a season-opening win over Stony Brook University with her first career hat-trick and one assist for a career-high seven points.
The CAA Women’s Soccer Championship will begin Thursday in Elon, N.C. Top-seeded UNCW faces Northeastern University at 4 p.m. with Hofstra and James Madison University to follow at 7:30 p.m. The semifinals and Sunday’s final can be seen on FloFC.