Hofstra midfielder Ford ends his college playing career due to injury
Hofstra announced that fifth-year senior midfielder Kevin Ford has opted to end his college playing career due to a knee and leg injury. He will graduate in December with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Ford, who played in 39 games during his Pride career, was fifth on the team in scoring last year, recording 16 goals and 10 assists in 16 games. He also picked up 20 ground balls and had three man-up goals. Ford tallied three multi-goal games including a five-goal contest against Delaware in the CAA Championship Tournament semifinals. For his career, Ford had 55 goals and 26 assists for 81 career points with 59 ground balls.
“It is with great sadness I announce that I will be unable to play my final season at Hofstra due to injury,” Ford said in a statement. “I have been extremely proud to be part of this program and will miss the brotherhood and sense of family I have enjoyed with the team since 2008. I wish my friends the best of luck in 2012 as well as in the years to come.”
Ducks’ Binick wins Atlantic League batting title
Long Island Ducks outfielder Kraig Binick finished the 2011 season with the Atlantic League’s best batting average, becoming the second Duck in franchise history to win the batting title (Henry Rodriguez, 2005). Binick’s .343 average was 13 percentage points better than York’s Chris Nowak.
“We are extremely proud of Kraig,” said Ducks manager Kevin Baez, in a statement. “It takes a lot of hard work to achieve this feat, and Kraig has been dedicated since day one.”
Binick began the season with a .333 batting average after going 1-for-3 in the season opener, and his average never dipped below that point. His season featured a 17-game hitting streak, the longest by a Duck in 2011, and a 28 game on-base streak, the second longest by a Duck this year.