November 11, 2016
A NICE LITTLE HAUL
Hofstra's CAA honors: Nuttall coach of the year, Hawkins top defender, Brown the No. 1 rookie
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – After winning the Colonial Athletic Association regular season title for the second consecutive season and going 7-1 in conference play, the Hofstra University men Soccer earned several conference honors, the league announced Thursday night.
Head coach Richard Nuttall was named CAA coach of the year for the second consecutive season while senior Harri Hawkins earned defender of the year and freshman Luke Brown was tabbed as rookie of the year, marking the first time in program history that Hofstra took home three major conference awards in the same season.
Hawkins was also named to the All-CAA first team along with classmate Joseph Holland and junior Meshack Eshun Addy. Brown was joined on the second team by junior Danny Elliott and on the All-Rookie Team by freshman Adam Savill. Junior Mani Walcott earned a third-team nod and senior defender Rory Murphy was named to to the All-Academic Team.
Nuttall led the team to its second consecutive regular season title and its best CAA winning percentage since joining the league over a decade ago. Now in his 28th season at the helm, Nuttall has helped the Pride to five straight CAA Tournament appearances. This season, he led Hofstra to a 5-1 record at Hofstra Soccer Stadium.
Hawkins, a captain in his final season, led the Hofstra backline once again with his solid and consistent defending and contributions on both sides of the ball for his third straight All-CAA First Team selection. Hailing from Cambridge, England, Hawkins helped the Pride to five shutouts, including three straight to open conference play. Over that three-game span, Hofstra allowed just two shots on goal thanks to a stingy, Hawkins-led defensive unit.
A two-time CAA co-rookie of the week, Brown was impressive in his debut campaign, leading the team in the regular season with seven goals and two assists for 16 points. Six of his seven tallies came in conference play to lead the CAA in league goals. The Cambridgeshire, England, native put up eight points in a three-game span, posting three goals and two assists against Charleston, Northeastern and Delaware, and netted the game-winner in the Pride's 3-1 win over Elon in the regular-season finale to secure the 7-1 record.
Holland, the 2015 CAA player of the year, also earned his third consecutive first-team nod. The target of most opponents' defensive schemes, Holland continued to shine for the Pride, finding creative ways to contribute offensively and enhancing his defensive game. The London, England, native finished the season tied for second on the team in points with three goals and eight assists, and currently sits in third on the program all-time chart for career assists with 28.
Eshun Addy found his scoring touch this season to earn his first All-CAA honor. He tied with Holland for second on the team in points, finishing the regular season with six goals and two assists. The Tema, Ghana, native also led the team with three game-winning goals, netting the difference-maker in three straight games against James Madison, Charleston and Northeastern. Eshun Addy also scored against No. 1 Maryland, marking the first time Hofstra had scored on the nation's top team in program history.
Elliott earned a second-team nod after posting six goals on the season – doubling his career high – to help lead the Pride's offense. He notched his first career multi-goal game against Charleston, scoring twice to help Hofstra to a 4-0 win. The Nottingham, England, native also netted the game-winner in a 2-1 victory at Delaware, which, at the time, earned sole possession of first place for the Pride.
Walcott is a third-team honoree for the second consecutive season. Hailing from Beltsville, Maryland, Walcott appeared in all 17 games for the Pride and used his athleticism in the midfield to contribute on both sides of the ball. He picked up an assist in a 4-1 win over Drexel.
Savill earned the All-Rookie nod after appearing in 15 games for the Pride, making eight starts. The midfielder from Manchester, England, recorded his first collegiate point assisting on the game-winner at Northeastern, before having a career night against Drexel, scoring twice and adding an assist.
Representing the Pride on the All-Academic team, Murphy has excelled both on the field and in the classroom, posting a 3.78 grade-point average as a marketing major. He was picked as a CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team selection earlier this season.