West Hempstead native Becky Conto, a freshman attack for the Hofstra Pride women's lacrosse team, was named the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week this week.
It is Hofstra’s third CAA award of the season as freshman attack Emily Considine was the CAA Rookie of the Week on Feb. 18 and sophomore attack Brittain Altomare garnered CAA Player of the Week honors on March 4.
Conto continued the strong start to her rookie campaign as she posted a hat trick in the Pride’s lone game, an 8-5 win over Temple on Thursday. It marked the first multi-goal game of Conto’s career and upped her season total to seven goals.
Conto’s first goal of the game gave Hofstra an early 2-1 lead before she gave the Pride its first two-goal advantage of the game at 4-2 with 12:33 left in the first half. She also closed the scoring in the game.
For the season, Conto ranks fifth on the team in scoring with nine points on seven goals and two assists. She also has 16 draw controls, 10 ground balls and six caused turnovers.
Conto is third on the team in draw controls and fifth in caused turnovers.
The Sacred Heart Academy graduate started for West Hempstead's varsity program as an eighth grader at West Hempstead Middle School.
Hofstra returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Ohio State for an 11 a.m. contest against the Buckeyes.