July 23, 2015

Division III soccer players get conference nod for NCAA Woman of the Year

By Christan Shirk

Of the 147 total conference honorees for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award, seven were Division III soccer players.

Seven women’s soccer players were among the 51 Division III student-athletes selected by their athletic conference as candidates for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Across all three divisions there were a total of 147 conference honorees—the most ever in the history of the award.

Three D3soccer.com honorees remain in the running for the prestigious award, now in its twenty-fifth year. 2014 Goalkeeper of the Year, Kesley Graham (Wheaton, Ill./CCIW), four-time All-American and 2013 Midfiedler of the Year, Emily Jorgens (Trinity, Tx./SCAC), and  two-time All-American, Megan Mahoney (Misericordia/MAC Freedom) were among the conference selections.  They are joined by Madeline Buckley (William Smith/Liberty), Elena Ciccarelli (Gallaudet/NEAC), Ambika Krishnamachar (MIT/NEWMAC), and Hannah Landerholm (Lesley/NECC) on the list of names being passed along to the Woman of the Year selection committee.

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

Thirty-one Division III soccer players were among the 480 total student-athletes across all sprots and divisions who were nominated by their schools. From the list of school nominees, conferences could select up to two women to represent their conference.  The names of the 147 conference honorees, up from 130 last year, are now forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee who will pare the field down to the Top 30 Honorees—ten from each division—in early September. By the end of September, the selection committee will announce 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 oncejust last yearhas 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 selected by their conference for NCAA Woman of the Year consideration

Pos. Name School Conference Sport(s)
F Madeline Buckley William Smith Liberty Soccer
D Elena Ciccarelli Gallaudet NEAC Soccer; Basketball; Softball
GK Kelsey Graham Wheaton (Ill.) CCIW Soccer
F Emily Jorgens Trinity (Texas) SCAC Soccer
F Ambika Krishnamachar MIT NEWMAC Soccer
D Hannah Landerholm Lesley NECC Soccer
F Megan Mahoney Misericordia MAC Freedom Soccer

 


 

2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Process

  • 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).

Eligibility

  • 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).

Selection Criteria

  • Service and Leadership - maximum 5 pts (28%)
  • Based on the nominee's involvement in campus and community activities and organizations.

  • Academic Achievement - maximum 5 pts (28%)
  • Based on cumulative GPA as follows:
    3.600 - 4.000 5 pts.
    3.300 - 3.599 4 pts.
    3.000 - 3.299 3 pts.
    2.750 - 2.999 2 pts.
    2.500 - 2.749 1 pt.
  • Athletics Excellence - maximum 5 pts (28%)
  • Based on individual honors and team/individual finish as follows:
    Team champion, 1st Team All-American, member of Olympic team,
    or top-three finish in individual sport at NCAA championship
    5 pts.
    All-American other than first team 4 pts.
    All-Region, 1st Team All-Conference, team/individual conference
    champion or multisport letter-winner
    3 pts.
    Varsity letter-winner or all-conference honors other than first team 2 pts.
  • Personal Statement - maximum 3 pts (16%)
  • Based on the nominee’s own description, in 200 words or less, of how her community service and experiences as a scholar, an athlete, and a leader on her campus and in her community have influenced her life and shaped the person she is today.

 


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