STORRS, Conn. -- Former UConn field hockey midfielder Chrissy Davidson is among 480 female student-athletes nominated for the 2015 National Collegiate Athletic Association Woman of the Year award, as announced by the NCAA last week.
Now in its 25thyear, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service and leadership.
Of the nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics.
Davidson, who graduated from UConn in May with a degree in speech, language and hearing sciences, helped lead the Huskies to two national championships during her four-year career in Storrs. In 2013, the West Lawn, Pa. native assisted her squad in capturing its first NCAA title since 1985 after starting in all 25 games and dishing out a team-best 12 assists en route to a NFHCA Mideast Region Second Team Selection. As a senior in 2014, Davidson earned Second Team All-America honors and was placed on both the All-Big East and NFHCA First Teams after scoring twice and notching 12 helpers.
During her playing career, Davidson and the Huskies amassed a 78-12 (.867) record in four seasons, the best mark of any four-year class in Connecticut history. Additionally, she helped the team win six Big East Championships, including both the 2014 regular season and tournament titles.
In May, she continued play with the U.S. National team at the Spooky Nook Sports Complex in Lancaster, Pa., beginning training for a busy summer schedule. Davidson joined three other former UConn players,Melissa Gonzalez,Rayell Heistand, andMarie Elena Bolleson the national team roster. The team is set to compete in Valencia, Spain from June 8-26 before heading to Toronto, Canada for the Pan American Games on July 10-26.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Then, conferences assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 30 honorees -- 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony Oct. 18 in Indianapolis.
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