A pride of players from Hofstra’s women’s soccer team received Colonial Athletic Association postseason honors, with two named top players in the conference.
For the second consecutive year, senior Madeline Anderson was named CAA Defender of the Year while freshman Miri Taylor was selected the conference’s top rookie. A total of six Pride players received conference honors and the Pride tied Northeastern for the most players selected to the three All-Conference teams.
Anderson of Westbury was also named to the All-CAA First Team where she was joined by sophomores Sabrina Bryan and Lucy Porter. Seniors Kelly Gerdes of Wantagh and Jenn Buoncore of Kings Park were All-CAA Second Team selections while Taylor was named to the All-CAA Third Team and the All-CAA Rookie squad.
Anderson is only the fourth Pride player to earn the Defender of the Year award more than once in the 20-year history of the award. The others are Jess Crankshaw, Sue Weber (three times) and Dolores Deasley. She helped anchor a defense that compiled a 1.07 goals against average and had six clean sheets.
Taylor is the fifth Pride player to earn CAA Rookie of the Year honors, joining Jacki Pollaro (2003), Marie Curtin (2004), Edel Malone (2005) and Leah Galton (2012). The Gillingham, England, native has started in eight of 12 games and recorded three goals and two assists from her midfield position.
Bryan became an offensive star late in the season scoring five of her nine goals in the team’s last three games. The Cecil, PA-native leads the team with nine goals and 22 points and had three game-winning goals.
Porter, a CAA All-Rookie selection in 2017, moves up to the first team after scoring eight goals and adding three assists. Half of the Birmingham, England-native’s eight goals proved to be game-winners.
Gerdes returns to a spot on the All-CAA Second Team for a second straight year after teaming with Anderson to lockdown the Pride’s backline. She started every game for the third consecutive season.
Buoncore has been a catalyst for the Pride offense, assisting on 11 goals while scoring three of her own. She leads the CAA and is tied for third in the nation in assists. Buoncore had a career-best three assists in a 3-2 win over Drexel.