June 24, 2016

Thirty-seven Division III soccer players nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year

By Christan Shirk

Of the 517 total nominees for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award, thirty-seven are Division III soccer players.

Thirty-seven women’s soccer players are among the 169 Division III student-athletes nominiated by their schools for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Across all three divisions there are a total of 517 nominees—the most ever in the history of the award.

For the 2016 award, nominees are required to have completed their intercollegiate athletic eligibility during the 2015-16 school year and have graduated by the end of the 2016 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-seven Division III soccer players nominated (see full list below), three were D3soccer.com All-Americans last fall as seniors.  Mai Mitsuyama (Williams) was the 2015 Midfielder of the Year after garnering third team honors in 2014. Nicole Bermudes (Aurora) was a three-time All-American forward being selected to the second team the past two years. Midfielder Amalia Acorda-Fey (Puget Sound) added second team honors to her third team nod as a junior. In addition, nominee Michelle Greeneway (Lake Forest) was a 2014 All-American with a third team selection as a junior.

Soccer players account for 87 of the 517 nominations from the three NCAA divisions making soccer the most represented team sport and third overall behind outdoor and indoor track and field. Fifteen of the nominated soccer players were multi-sport athletes, twelve from the Division III ranks.

From the list of school nominees, conferences select up to two women to represent their conference.  Those names, which totaled a record 147 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 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at the annual awards dinner and ceremony to be held in Indianapolis on Sunday, October 16. Last year, Wheaton (Ill.) goalkeeper Kelsey Graham was named as one of the nine finalists. Only four Division III student-athletes have won the award in its 25-year history and only once—in 2014has 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

Pos. Name School Sport(s)
F Nicole Bermudes Aurora Soccer
M Mathilde Robinson Brandeis Soccer
M Shani Nakhid-Schuster Brooklyn Soccer
M Dana Peterson Cabrini Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer
M Carson Quiros Carnegie Mellon Soccer
F Courtney Long Cedar Crest Soccer
M/F Alexandria Combs Centre Soccer
D Ruth Terry Covenant Soccer
M Caroline Zadina DePauw Soccer
F Kelli Iovino Dominican Soccer
GK Alexa Rinaudo Elms Soccer
F/M Morgan Funck Ferrum Soccer
M/F Bianca Savarese Illinois College Soccer
F Michelle Greeneway Lake Forest Ice Hockey, Soccer
M Bridget Munnelly Lasell Lacrosse, Soccer
M Hayley Wirth Lesley Basketball, Soccer
F Emily Thompson Lewis & Clark Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer
D Bree Nishibun Lycoming Soccer
F/M Bridgette Rowe Manchester Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer
D Chloe Allen-Gorman McDaniel Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer
F Martina Landeka Montclair State Soccer
D Caroline Mols New England College Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer
D Erica Berry Oneonta State Soccer
GK Taylor Troyan Penn State-Behrend Soccer
M Amalia Acorda-Fey Puget Sound Soccer
D Samantha Keary Redlands Lacrosse, Soccer
D Jennifer South Rosemont Lacrosse, Soccer
M Brooke Hattinger Springfield Soccer
M/D Joann Murino St. Joseph's (L.I.) Soccer
M Melissa Trofa Swarthmore Soccer
F Sioned Kirkpatrick Texas Lutheran Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer
M Morgan Berg Thiel Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field, Soccer
M Jenna Woodson UW-Whitewater Soccer
GK Elizabeth Trizzino Wartburg Soccer
F Madison Shipherd Whittier Soccer
M Mai Mitsuyama Williams Soccer
M Emily Doherty WPI Soccer

 


 

NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Process

  • NCAA member colleges and universities nominate their top graduating female student-athlete (March to mid-May).
  • Conferences 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 2015-16* competitive season and received her undergraduate degree no later than the summer 2016* term (* - for the 2016 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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