Hempstead, NY - Hofstra University senior field hockey player Melissa McCarthy has been named the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the CAA announced Friday afternoon.

The conference honors one Scholar-Athlete in each of its 22 championship sports. Nominees for the award must be a starter or important reserve on their team and must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25. The winners were selected by a vote of the sports information directors at each CAA institution. Six student-athletes who were among the best in their fall sports, both athletically and academically, were honored Friday.

McCarthy (Havertown, PA/Haverford H.S.), a  senior with a  double major in psychology and early childhood and childhood education, is a two-time member of the Hofstra Athletics Academic Honor Roll and is a CAA Commissioner's Academic Award recipient. She was chosen to the NFHCA National Academic squad in 2011 and is expected to receive the honor again in 2012. McCarthy started all 19 games on defense for the Pride this season and was third on the team in scoring with four goals and three assists from the back line. Despite taking only six shots all year, she recorded a pair of goals against VCU and also scored against Saint Joseph's and Towson. McCarthy led Hofstra with 1,274 minutes played.

McCarthy, who came to Hofstra after two seasons at Division II Millersville University, was a two-time All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) second team selection, a PSAC Scholar-Athlete award winner and the NFHCA National Division II Scholar-Athlete Award recipient.

She is now the fifth Hofstra student-athlete to be named CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year since the start of 2012.  Pride wrestler Steve Bonanno won the award last winter while softball pitcher Olivia Galati, men's lacrosse goalie Andrew Gvozden and women's lacrosse midfielder Jill Maier received the award in the spring.

In addition to McCarthy, also earning CAA Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors for the fall were William & Mary senior Alex McGrath in men's cross country; James Madison senior Katie Gorman in women's cross country;  Georgia State junior Chris Locandro in men's soccer; William & Mary senior Mallory Schaffer in women's soccer; and Towson junior Katy Buck in volleyball.