Lykens of West Chester Named DII Woman of the Year Nominee for Field Hockey

Courtesy of West Chester Sports Information
Courtesy of West Chester Sports Information

Kelsi Lykens, a senior from West Chester University, was named the 2014 DII 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 DII 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 native of Mohrsville, Pa., Lykens is a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II first-team All-American. The senior back led her team to a 14-6 record en route to the NCAA Quarterfinals and was the leader in scoring this season with 14 goals and 13 assists for 41 points.

Lykens finished her career as the Division II leader at West Chester with 95 points. Her 33 career goals place her second on the DII list and is the all-time leader in assists with 29.

“I cannot think of a better honor for one of the most talented field hockey players that I have ever coached. Not only is (Lykens) a tremendous athlete, but what is almost as impressive is what she has done for our program off the field,” states head coach Amy Cohen. “She is the complete and total package, a coach’s dream.”

"It is truly an honor to accept this prestigious award, “ said Lykens. “I would like to thank CWSA and Honda for choosing me as the field hockey recipient.

“All an athlete can do is to try their absolute best, give 100 percent, and hope that their best is good enough. It is very humbling to be recognized as the Honda Award winner when there are so many worthy nominees from which to choose."

All sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalist for the prestigious 2014 Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The Honda Sports nominees are recognized in 11 DII and DIII 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.