July 27, 2016

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

By Christan Shirk

Of the 142 total conference honorees for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award, twelve were Division III soccer players.

Twelve women’s soccer players were among the 51 Division III student-athletes selected by their athletic conference as candidates for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year award. From all three divisions there were a total of 142 conference honorees, twenty-four of which played soccer.

Soccer was the most represented sport among Division III nominees while being the leading team sport across all divisions, trailing two individual sports: outdoor and indoor track and field.

Three D3soccer.com honorees remain in the running for the prestigious award, now in its twenty-sixth year. 2015 Midfielder of the Year and two-time All-American, Mai Mitsuyama (Williams/NESCAC), three-time All-American forward Nicole Bermudes (Aurora/NACC), and 2014 third-team All-American forward Michelle Greeneway (Lake Forest/MWC) were among the conference selections.  Joining the trio on the list of names being passed along to the Woman of the Year selection committee are Taylor Troyan (PSU-Behrend/AMCC), Dana Peterson (Cabrini/CSAC), Shani Nakhid-Schuster (Brooklyn/CUNYAC), Bridgette Rowe (Manchester/HCAC), Bree Nishibun (Lycoming/Commonwealth), Hayley Wirth (Lesley/NECC), Carson Quiros (Carnegie Mellon/UAA), Ruth Terry (Covenant/USA South) and Jenna Woodson (UW-Whitewater/WIAC).

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

Thirty-seven Division III soccer players were among the 517 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 142 conference honorees, down from 147 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 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. 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 selected by their conference for NCAA Woman of the Year consideration

Pos. Name School Conference Sport(s)
GK Taylor Troyan PSU-Behrend AMCC Soccer
M Dana Peterson Cabrini CSAC Basketball, Lacrosse, Soccer
M Shani Nakhid-Schuster Brooklyn CUNYAC Soccer
F/M Bridgette Rowe Manchester HCAC Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field,
Soccer
D Bree Nishibun Lycoming Commonwealth Soccer
F Michelle Greeneway Lake Forest MWC Ice Hockey, Soccer
F Nicole Bermudes Aurora NACC Soccer
M Hayley Wirth Lesley NECC Basketball, Soccer
M Mai Mitsuyama Williams NEWMAC Soccer
M Carson Quiros Carnegie Mellon UAA Soccer
D Ruth Terry Covenant USA South Soccer
M Jenna Woodson UW-Whitewater WIAC Soccer

 


 

2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Process

  • NCAA member colleges and universities nominate their top graduating female student-athlete (mid-March to mid-June).
  • Conference select up to two women from the nominees to represent the conference (mid-July).
  • 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 2.50 (4.00 scale).

Selection Criteria

  • 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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