The Hofstra Athletics program continued its success in 2010. The men’s basketball, women’s basketball, wrestling, softball, men’s lacrosse and women’s soccer teams each made postseason appearances in 2010, while numerous Pride student-athletes won postseason awards for on-field performance and academics.
The men’s basketball team posted a 19-15 record and earned a postseason bid to the College Basketball Invitational (CBI). Star guard Charles Jenkins was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year after averaging 20.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He finished the year ranked 20th in the nation in scoring and was one of only five players in the country who averaged at least 20 points, four rebounds and three assists. Jenkins also earned the Haggerty Award as the top player in the metropolitan New York area for the second year in a row, becoming only the ninth player in the 77-year history of the Haggerty Award to win the honor more than once. In addition, Jenkins was named an honorable mention All-American by The Associated Press. Junior Greg Washington earned a spot on the CAA All-Defensive team for the second year in a row, after ranking second in the CAA (and 15th nationally) with 2.8 blocked shots per game.
The Pride wrestling team saw its string of nine consecutive conference championships come to an end, but still three wrestlers – sophomores Ben Clymer and P.J. Gillespie, and senior Jonny Bonilla-Bowman – qualified for the NCAA Tournament. Freshmen Paul Snyder and Luke Vaith were named to the CAA All-Rookie team following the season.
Academically, the women’s lacrosse team was recognized as a Merit Squad by the IWLCA. The honor signifies that the Pride had one of the top three grade point averages in all of NCAA Division I women’s lacrosse (91 teams) during the 2009-10 academic year. In fact, Hofstra’s team GPA of 3.492 led the entire nation, edging Stanford (3.477) and Duke (3.471). It marks the second consecutive year that Hofstra has received Merit Squad recognition, as the Pride finished third in the nation in 2008-09 with a 3.50 team GPA.
Galati, who tied the school record for wins in a season with 26, won both CAA Pitcher and Rookie of the Year accolades, while Head Coach Bill Edwards was named CAA Coach of the Year for the third consecutive season. Galati was joined on the All-CAA first team by seniors Michele DePasquale and Kris Root, and sophomore Erin Wade. Freshman Tessa Ziemba was named to the second team and joined Galati on the CAA’s All-Rookie team. Sara Michalowski joined DePasquale, Galati, Root, Wade, and Ziemba on the NFCA All-Region team.
The baseball team won 20 games for the first time in three years, and senior Ethan Paquette was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. Paquette and senior Matt Prokopowicz were named to the All-CAA first team, while freshman Matt Ford was an All-CAA Rookie team selection.
The women’s soccer program had a history-making season in 2010, setting a school record with 19 wins, 18 straight wins, and 11 conference wins. The Pride became the first team to go undefeated and untied (11-0) in CAA play since 1998. The team earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament and won its first round game over Connecticut before falling to #18 Boston College in the second round. Two of Hofstra’s three losses in 2010 came against the Eagles.
Yovino was joined on the All-CAA first team by senior Salma Tarik and junior Brittany Butts. Junior Courtney Breen and senior Dana Bergstrom were named to the second team, while freshmen Emily Morphitis and Amber Stobbs were named to the All-Rookie team.
Off the field, Yovino and Bergstrom were named to the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team, and Bergstrom went on to earn CAA Women’s Soccer Scholar-Athlete of the Year accolades. Yovino added NSCAA First Team Scholar- All-America honors to her resume as well. Yovino, who will have her jersey retired in fall 2011, also became the first Hofstra student-athlete to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship.
The men’s soccer squad advanced to the CAA Championship game and finished the year with a record of 8-7-5. Freshman Shaun Foster was selected the CAA Defensive Player and Rookie of the Year, and also earned NSCAA All-Region honors.
The field hockey team won seven games in 2010 and saw junior Genna Kovar earn first team All-CAA accolades, while Dieke ter Weel was named to the All-CAA Rookie team. In addition, 11 student-athletes were named to the NFHCA National Academic squad, and the team received the National Team
Academic Award for having a cumulative GPA of better than 3.0.