Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Women’s Soccer: Hofstra Retires Tiffany Yovino’s Jersey

The Hofstra women’s soccer program will retire the jersey number (#18) of All-America senior midfielder Tiffany Yovino (Holtsville, NY/Sachem East).

Yovino, who will have her number officially retired in a pregame ceremony next season, becomes the 24th Hofstra student-athlete to have a jersey number retired and only the second women’s soccer player. Former All-American Sue Weber (2005-07) had her number (#20) retired in 2008.

Yovino capped off her four-year career with the Pride this fall by earning third-team All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). She became the third All-American in the history of Hofstra’s women’s soccer program, joining Weber (2005, 2007) and Brooke DeRosa (2007), who were also third-teamers.

This past fall, Yovino scored 12 goals and added two assists to help Hofstra to a 19-3 final record and a spot in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 19 wins set a new school record, breaking the mark that Yovino helped set as a freshman in 2007, when the Pride finished 18-4. Hofstra also won 18 consecutive games this season, shattering the old school record of 10 straight set by the 2005 team and tying for the third-longest single-season winning streak in Hofstra history in any sport.

In addition to her All-American distinction, Yovino earned first-team All-Mid Atlantic region honors from the NSCAA this fall, making her the first four-time all-region selection in Hofstra history. She earned third-team honors as a freshman, and then captured first-team honors in each of the last three years.

Yovino was also named the 2010 Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, making her the first conference Player of the Year in program history. She helped the Pride to a perfect 11-0 league record, as Hofstra became the first team to go undefeated and untied in CAA play since William & Mary was 8-0 in 1998. Yovino scored at least one goal in each of the last eight regular season games, including two-goal performances in a 3-2 win over William & Mary and a 2-1 overtime win over Northeastern. She also had the game-winning goal in a 1-0 win over Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on November 12, 2010, the program’s second NCAA victory.

In her four years with the Pride, Yovino started in all 83 games in the midfield and was a part of more wins than any other player in school history (58). Her career record with the Pride was an impressive 58-21-4, and she had a key role in the two winningest seasons in school history, as well as both of the program’s NCAA Tournament wins.

“Tiffany was an impact player from the moment she arrived at Hofstra as a freshman, and she just kept getting better and better,” said Head Coach Simon Riddiough. “She was as driven to succeed as anyone I’ve ever coached and has been a wonderful ambassador for our program for the last four years. She left everything she had on the field every time she put on a Hofstra uniform, and it’s only fitting that we retire that uniform now that her career at Hofstra is over.”

In addition to her success on the field, Yovino carries a 3.74 GPA as a dual major in history and early childhood education, and was named a first-team ESPN CoSIDA Academic All-American in fall 2010. Only six other student-athletes in Hofstra Athletics history (in any sport) have achieved first-team Academic All-America distinction.

“Tiffany Yovino had one of the great careers in Hofstra history,” said Director of Athletics Jack Hayes. “Her academic and athletic achievements serve as fine examples for all future student-athletes.


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