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Hofstra's Leah Galton

Hofstra's Galton Leads Preseason All-CAA WSOC Team

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          Release: 08/08/2013
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RICHMOND, Va. (August 8, 2013) – Hofstra sophomore forward Leah Galton, who earned CAA Rookie of the Year accolades last season, has been chosen as the CAA women’s soccer preseason Player of the Year for 2013 in voting by the league’s head coaches.

Galton led the Pride and ranked second in the CAA with 11 goals and 27 points last season. She scored two goals in a game three times, all of which came against conference foes (Delaware, Georgia State and Northeastern), and netted a pair of game-winning goals. Along with her Rookie of the Year honors, Galton was selected to the All-CAA first team, the NSCAA All-Mid-Atlantic Region first team, the CAA All-Rookie team and the CAA All-Tournament team. Her play helped Hofstra capture its first CAA championship since 2007.

Joining Galton at forward on the preseason All-CAA women’s soccer team are UNCW sophomore Maddie McCormick, William & Mary senior Dani Rutter and James Madison senior Lauren Wilson. McCormick earned third-team All-CAA and CAA All-Rookie accolades last season after tallying eight goals and three assists, while Rutter contributed seven goals and three assists and made the All-CAA second team. Wilson had a team-high eight goals and two assists in 2012 and was a third-team All-CAA pick.

The midfield features four returning all-conference honorees. Hofstra sophomore Jill Mulholland (6 goals, 5 assists) and Northeastern senior Hanna Terry (2 goals, 5 assists) were both first-team All-CAA picks, while Drexel senior Sam Greenfield (5 goals, 1 assist) and Delaware senior Chelsea Duffy (2 goals, 1 assist) were second-team All-CAA selections.

The preseason All-CAA defense is headlined by Drexel junior Melissa Chapman (4 goals) and Delaware junior Allegra Gray, who both received first-team all-conference accolades in 2012. William & Mary junior Emily Fredrikson was a second-team All-CAA choice and UNCW sophomore Lindsay Byrne was a member of the CAA All-Rookie squad a year ago.

Rounding out the team is Drexel junior goalkeeper Eve Badana, who was named the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-CAA selection in 2012 after posting a league-best 0.68 GAA with 66 saves and 10 shutouts for the Dragons.

The 2013 CAA women’s soccer season gets underway on Friday, August 23.

2013 PRESEASON ALL-CAA WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM

Player, School                                              Pos.                         Cl.                           Hometown

Leah Galton, Hofstra                                      F                              So.                          Harrogate, England

Maddie McCormick, UNCW                           F                              So.                          Newark, Del.

Dani Rutter, William & Mary                          F                              Sr.                           York, Pa.

Lauren Wilson, James Madison                    F                              Sr.                           Coatesville, Pa.

Chelsea Duffy, Delaware                              MF                          Sr.                           Glassboro, N.J.

Sam Greenfield, Drexel                                 MF                          Sr.                           Warminster, Pa.

Jill Mulholland, Hofstra                                   MF                          So.                          Levittown, N.Y.

Hanna Terry, Northeastern                            MF                          Sr.                           Park City, Utah

Lindsey Byrne, UNCW                                  D                             So.                          Charlotte, N.C.

Melissa Chapman, Drexel                             D                             Jr.                           Lansdale, Pa.

Emily Fredrikson, William & Mary                 D                             Jr.                           Ashburn, Va.

Allegra Gray, Delaware                                 D                             Jr.                           West Chester, Pa.

Eve Badana, Drexel                                      GK                          Jr.                           Markham, Ontario

Honorable Mention: Paige Burnett, Jr., GK, Northeastern; Stephanie Bronson, Jr., MF, UNCW; Leci Irvin, So., D, William & Mary; Oksana Nicholls, So., D, Northeastern; Becky Sparks, Sr., D, James Madison

PRESEASON CAA WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYER OF THE YEAR:  Leah Galton, Hofstra

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