Thirty-one Division III soccer players nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
|Of the 480 total nominees for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award, thirty-one were Division III soccer players.|
Thirty-one women’s soccer players were among the 180 Division III student-athletes nominiated by their schools for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Across all three divisions there were a total of 480 nominees—the most ever in the history of the award.
For the 2015 award, nominees are required to have completed their intercollegiate athletic eligibility during the 2014-15 school year and have graduated by the end of the 2015 summer term with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.50. Candidates are graded in the areas of service and leadership, academic achievement, and athletic excellence as well as their personal statement of no more than 200 words
Of the thirty-one Division III soccer players nominated (see full list below), five were D3soccer.com All-Americans last fall as seniors. Angela Bosco (Lynchburg) and Kelsey Graham (Wheaton, Ill.) were the 2014 Forward of the Year and Goalkeeper of the Year, respectively. Emily Jorgerns (Trinity, Tx.) was a four-time D3soccer.com All-American and the 2013 Midfielder of the Year. Forward Megan Mahoney (Misericordia) was a two-time All-American and midfielder Astrid Kempainen (Connecticut Col.) garnered first-team honors as a senior.
From the list of school nominees, conferences select up to two women to represent their conference. Those names, which totaled 130 last year, are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee who pares the field down to the Top 30 Honorees—ten from each division—in early September. By the end of September, the selection committee announces nine finalists—three from each division—who are forwarded to the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) who choose the winner.
The Top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual awards dinner and ceremony to be held in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 18. Only four Division III student-athletes have won the award in its 24-year history and only once—just last year—has a soccer player from any division received the honor. More information on the NCAA Woman of the Year award can be found below.
Division III soccer players nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year
|M||Alyssa Brandt||DeSales||Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field; Soccer|
|F||Madeline Buckley||William Smith||Soccer|
|D||Elena Ciccarelli||Gallaudet||Soccer; Basketball; Softball|
|M/F||Regina DiGiovanni||Elms||Soccer; Softball|
|GK||Geena Fong||Lewis & Clark||Soccer|
|GK||Kelsey Graham||Wheaton (Ill.)||Soccer|
|M||Kerry Hars||Rosemont||Soccer; Lacrosse|
|D/M||Mackenzie Horne||Mount Aloysius||Soccer|
|F||Emily Jorgens||Trinity (Texas)||Soccer|
|M||Astrid Kempainen||Connecticut Col.||Soccer|
|F||Krista Ledin||Mass-Boston||Soccer; Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field|
|GK||Rachel Meier||Medaille||Soccer; Lacrosse|
|D||Lindsey Monaco||Univ. of New England||Soccer|
|F||Laura Potter||Centenary (N.J.)||Soccer|
|F||Savina Reid||Carnegie Mellon||Soccer|
|F||Rebecca Staylor||North Carolina Wesleyan||Soccer|
|D||Cassandra Walter||Methodist||Soccer; Lacrosse|
NCAA Woman of the Year Award
- NCAA member colleges and universities nominate their top graduating female student-athlete (March to mid-May).
- Conference select up to two women from the nominees to represent the conference (late June).
- The Woman of the Year selection committee selects the top 30 honorees–10 from each division (early September).
- The selection committee determines the top three in each division; announces the top nine finalists (late September).
- The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics votes from among the finalists to determine the NCAA Woman of the Year.
- The top 30 honorees are honored and the NCAA Woman of the Year winner is announced at the annual awards dinner and ceremony (mid-October).
- Nominee must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2014-15* competitive season and received her undergraduate degree no later than the summer 2015* term (* - for the 2015 award).
- Nominee must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).
- Academic Achievement (30%)
Based on cumulative undergraduate GPA as follows: 3.90 - 4.00 5 pts. 3.70 - 3.89 4 pts. 3.50 - 3.69 3 pts. 3.30 - 3.49 2 pts. 3.00 - 3.29 1 pt.
- Athletics Excellence (30%)
Based on nominee's highest athletics honor and/or accomplishment as follows: Team/individual national champion, 1st Team athletics All-American 5 pts. Athletics All-American other than 1st team 4 pts. Athletics All-Region, 1st Team All-Conference, team/individual conference champion 3 pts. Athletics all-conference honors other than 1st team 2 pts. Multisport varsity letter 1 pt.
- Service and Leadership (30%)
Based on the nominee's involvement in campus and community activities and organizations as follows: Consistently engaged in service and leadership activities, and plays a significant role in impacting the campus and community in a meaningful way 5 pts. Consistently engaged in service and leadership activities, and plays a significant role in impacting the campus and community in a meaningful way 4 pts. Consistently involved in service and leadership activities that positively affect her campus 3 pts. Involved in some service and leadership activities at various times during collegiate career 2 pts. Involved in a few one-time or short-term service or leadership activities 1 pt.
- Personal Statement (10%)
Based on the nominee’s own description, in 250 words or less, of how her experiences as a scholar, an athlete, and a leader on her campus and in her community have influenced her life and empowered her to have a positive impact on the world. Eloquently explains her experiences using poignant examples that illustrate her growth and development; provides insightful analysis of and appreciation for how she can have a positive impact on the world 5 pts. Effectively explains her experiences using appropriate examples that illustrate her growth and development; provides a perceptive understanding of how she can have a positive impact on the world 4 pts. Communicates her experiences using multiple examples that illustrate her growth and development; provides clear understanding of how she can have a positive impact on the world 3 pts. Communicates her experiences using at least one example that illustrates her growth and devlopment; offers basic understanding of how she can have a positive impact on the world 2 pts. Lists some of her experiences, referring in some way to how she can have a positive impact on the world 1 pt.
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