STORRS, Conn. – UConn field hockey junior captain Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) is one of four Division I student-athletes selected as a nominee for the Honda Sports Award for Field Hockey, as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) on Wednesday.
Laura Gebhart from Penn State University, Stanford University’s Kelsey Harbin, Paula Heuser of the University of Albany are the other three nominees
Upton will look to be the fifth Husky to win the prestigious award after standout Marie Elena Bolles was the fourth Husky to be honored with the Honda Award for field hockey in 2013, joining Laurie Decker (1983), Tracey Fuchs (1987) and Diane Madl (1988).
Upton, who earned her second All-America nod of her career on Monday as a first team selection, was an integral part of the 2014 Husky squad which won its final 14 games en route to the NCAA National Championship. The 2014 Big East Defensive Player of the Year tallied 24 points with 12 assists and six goals, serving as a central part of Connecticut's penalty corner unit. She was named the Big East Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player and earned a spot on the All-Tournament team after scoring a goal, dishing out an assist, as well as playing the second half of the championship game as the team’s centerback. She also earned a spot on All-Tournament team following the conclusion of the 2014 national title game.
The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to top women student-athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. Honda Sports award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sports award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Honda Cup award presented in June.
The Honda Sports award winner for field hockey will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 38 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.8 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.