November 3, 2012
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR
CAA fetes Hofstra freshman Galton
WILLAIMSBURG, Va. - Hofstra freshman Leah Galton has been named the Colonial Athletic Association's rookie of the year.
Galton and freshman Jill Mulholland were named to the All-CAA first-team and all-rookie teams while defenders Brooke Bendernagel and Ruby Staplehurst earned all-conference third team honors.
William and Mary senior midfielder Mallory Schaffer was selected as the CAA's player of the year for the second consecutive season in voting by the league's head coaches.
Drexel sophomore goalkeeper Eve Badana was tabbed as CAA defensive player of the year while Drexel's Ray Goon was named the coach of the year.
Galton was one of the CAA's top offensive threats in her first collegiate season. The Harrogate, England native leads the Pride and ranks second in the CAA in goals (11) and points (26). Eight of her goals came in conference play, including multiple-goal performances against Georgia State, Delaware and Northeastern. Galton, who is the first Hofstra player to receive rookie of the year honors since Edel Malone in 2005, was also selected to the All-CAA first team and all-rookie squads.
Joining Galton on both teams was Mulholland. The Levittown, N.Y. product has averaged nearly a point per game, racking up six goals and five assists for 17 points through her first 19 games. Mulholland leads Hofstra with three-game winning goals, connecting against St. Bonaventure, UNC Wilmington and James Madison.
Galton is a three-time CAA rookie of the week honoree this season while Mulholland picked up the award twice.
Hofstra (10-8-1) is outscoring teams, 38-29. While Galton and Mulholland have been big factors on the offensive end, Staplehurst and Bendernagel have helped make the Pride's backline one of the most formidable in the conference.
Staplehurst, a junior from London, England, has helped Hofstra post five shutouts. She has been a fixture on set pieces in taking the majority of Hofstra's free kicks. She has played in every game, making 18 starts, and already has a team-high six assists this season. Staplehurst entered the CAA Championship semifinals third in the CAA in assists while picking up her first career end-of-season conference award.
Bendernagel (Smithtown, N.Y.) was named to the All-CAA third team for the second consecutive season. The senior has provided a veteran presence as a defender all season, helping Hofstra establish a 313-195 shot advantage. Bendernagel has started 15 of 17 games in which she has played.