Morgan Brian from the University of Virginia, Dagny Brynjarsdottir of Florida State University, Shea Groom from Texas A&M University and UCLA’s Sam Mewis are the four nominees for the Honda Sports Award for Soccer as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.
The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2015 Honda Cup. The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The Honda Sports award winner for soccer will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
Biran was the 2013 MAC Hermann Trophy winner and is a semifinalist for the award this season. She is the first Cavalier to earn NSCAA first-team All-America honors three years in a row. The senior midfielder from St. Simons Island, Ga., is a four-time first-team All-ACC honoree and was the leading scorer in the 2014 NCAA Tournament with four goals and nine assists. She finished the 2014 season with 10 goals and 14 assists while missing a portion of the fall as the only collegian on the U.S. Team for CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying. She was named the 2014 U.S. Soccer Young Female Athlete of the Year.
Brynjarsdottir, a senior from Hella, Iceland, captained her team to the 2014 National Championship title and was named the . She is a 2014 NSCAA first-team All-American and a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist. She was named to the 2014 College Cup All-Tournament Team for her efforts and finished the season with 16 goals and six assists for 38 points on the year. The midfielder was named the 2014 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Tournament MOP while being named twice to the All-ACC first-team and three-time times as an ACC All-Tournament-team member. She was recently named to the 2014 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District IV first-team.
Groom, a senior forward, was named to the 2014 NSCAA All-America first-team and was the 2014 SEC Offensive Player of the Year. Hailing from Libery, Mo., she is a two-time All-SEC first-team honoree and a two-time SEC All-Tournament team member. She was also named to the 2014 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team. She finished the season with 16 goals and seven assists for 39 points. Overall she ranks sixth all-time at Texas A&M with 41 career goals and 107 career points.
Mewis is a 2014 NSCAA first-team All-American and was named the espnW National Player of the Year. The senior midfielder was also named a MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalist and is a two-time captain who led her team to consecutive Pac-12 titles and the 2013 NCAA title. She was named the 2014 Pac-12 Player of the Year and a first-team All Pac-12 member. A native of Hanson, Mass., she finished the season with 16 goals and 13 assists for 45 points on the year and added seven game-winning goals. Her 32 career assists rank second all-time at UCLA. She was recently name a 2014 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America first-team honoree.
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.
Last year's Honda Sports award winner for soccer was Abby Dahlkemper from UCLA. Three Honda Sports Awards winners for soccer have gone on to win the prestigious Honda Cup, Christine Sinclair (2006), Cindy Daws (1997) and Mia Hamm (1994).
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.