Three members of the Hofstra women’s soccer team led a contingent of six players with Long Island ties that were named to the United Soccer Coaches (USC) Division I Women’s All-Region Teams.
Hofstra junior Madeline Anderson (Westbury) and senior Kristin Desmond (East Northport) were named to the USC All-East Region First Team, while senior Kelly Gerdes (Wantagh) earned a spot on the third team.
Other Long Islanders named to the All-Region teams are Kayla Cappuzzo, senior, Northeastern University, from Merrick (First Team); Kayla Saager, junior, Binghamton University, from East Islip (Second Team); and Erica Modena, senior, Manhattan College, from Massapequa (Third Team).
Anderson, the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Defensive Player of the Year, anchored the Pride backline to 11 clean sheets this past season. In addition, Anderson contributed to the Hofstra offense with two goals and two assists. Both goals were game-winners.
Desmond, the CAA Player of the Year, led the Pride with nine goals and 21 points, with four game-winning goals. She posted a four-game point streak early in conference play, racking up 11 points over that span.
Gerdes was also a regular fixture on Hofstra’s backline this past season, finishing second on the team with 1,872 minutes played.
During her final season with the Huskies, Cappuzzo set the new benchmark for career assists at Northeastern with 25. She concluded her fourth season at NU with three goals and nine assists for 15 points – tied for second on the team. Her nine assists stand as the most in a single season in Northeastern history.
Cappuzzo was named a captain in 2017 for her leadership qualities on and off the field. She finishes her time at NU as the fourth leading scorer in program history with 17 goals and 25 assists (59 points).
The postseason honor is another in a growing list for Saager, who also was also named first-team All-ECAC. She scored 11 goals and seven assists and was named the America East Striker of the Year after ranking among the nation’s top goal and point-
producers all fall. Saager registered at least one point in 15 of 19 games this season and recorded the third-highest scoring output in the program’s 17-year Division I history.
Modena started 18 of Manhattan’s 19 games this past season and scored 11 goals with 7 assists.