STORRS, Conn. - University of Connecticut senior midfielder Roisin Upton (Limerick, Ireland) is one of four Division I student-athletes nominated for the Honda Sports Award for Field Hockey, as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) on Monday.
Lauren Blazing from Duke University, Syracuse University’s Alyssa Manley and Sarah Sprink of the University of Maryland 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 was also nominated for the honor during her junior year.
The Limerick, Ireland native earned First Team All-America honors for the second time in as many years last week and made her third appearance overall as an All-American. A two-time Big East Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-Big East First Team selection, Upton is also a four-time member of the Big East All-Tournament team. She appeared on the NCAA All-Tournament team for the last three years and was named the 2014 Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Upton’s impressive play helped UConn capture three Big East Regular Season titles and four Big East Tournament crowns. She led the Huskies to back-to-back National Championships in 2013 and 2014. She is the only nominee with two national titles under her belt. The tri-captain helped UConn make three consecutive and four trips in the last five years to the NCAA National Semifinals on her way to being selected as the Mideast Region Player of the Year twice. During her senior campaign, Upton tied for second on the team with a career high 43 points on 15 goals and 13 assists. She ranked fifth in the nation with 2.26 points/game and 11th in assists/game with 0.68. She finished her time in Storrs with 107 career points and is the 19th Husky to surpass the 100-point plateau.
Upton will continue to play the sport she loves after recently being chosen as a member of the Irish National Team.
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 40 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 $3.0 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.