Marlene Lichty, a senior from Christopher Newport University, was named the 2014 DIII Woman of the Year nominee for field hockey as announced by Executive Director Chris Voelz of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) presented by Honda.
She is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DIII Woman Athlete of the Year honor. This will be voted on at the end of the academic year by national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools as part of THE CWSA program, now in its 38th year.
A two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-American, the midfielder was also named to the NFHCA Senior All-Star Game and earned first-team All-Conference and All-Region honors. She capped her 2013 season by leading her program to its first-ever Final Four appearance and finished with seven goals and five assists, including three game-winning goals.
The Chesapeake, Va., native finished her career with 17 goals and 14 assists and matched the all-time program record with 79 appearances.
“I am ecstatic to be representing my team and university,” stated Lichty. “I have always been determined to work hard and make the most of opportunities. This has motivated me throughout my field hockey experiences as I have always pushed myself not just for pure love of the sport, but for each of my teammates. I never imagined I would be recognized at this level, and I am truly honored and humbled to be receiving this award!"
"We’re thrilled that Marlene has been honored as one of the country’s top collegiate student-athletes," said head coach Carrie Moura. "It is truly a great and well-deserved honor. Throughout her time at CNU, Marlene has served as a role model for her dedicated efforts both on and off the field. We’re incredibly proud of her success and accomplishments. She has been a steadfast leader in the program and has certainly helped the team set a new standard for success.”
All sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 CWSA Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The sports nominees are recognized in 11 DIII and DII NCAA-sanctioned sports; cross country, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer,softball, swimming & diving, tennis, volleyball, and track & field.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 37 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 $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.