Rachel Dickinson, a senior defender from the Millersville University, was named the 2015 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 39th year.
Dickinson, a native of Millersville, Pa., led her squad to the 2014 DII National Championship title and helped anchor a defense that posted a school-record 13 shutouts on the year and ranked first nationally in goals against average (0.58).
The senior is a three-time NFHCA All-America First Team selection and four-time All-PSAC honoree and three-time first team selection. This season she was named the PSAC Defensive Player of the Year and finished the year with seven goals and eight assists. Her eight assists ranked second on the team. She was the PSAC East and Synapse Sports Division II Rookie of the Year in 2011.
"As a Millersville field hockey player, I have been privileged to live through the transformation of our program,“ stated Dickinson. “Through hard work and dedication we were able defy the odds and rise to the top. I am privileged to represent Division II field hockey. Because of the journey I have taken with Millersville field hockey I am able to relate to both players of teams with a losing record and teams that have won championships. As a team, we never gave up fighting for what we wanted to accomplish, and I feel that our program is a testimony to all athletes."
"Rachel Dickinson has helped define who we are as a program,” said head coach Shelly Behrens. “Her dedication and commitment are second to none. Every day for the past four years she has come to every practice, game, meeting, video session--you name it--and she has given her very best and made her teammates better. What better of an example of a student- athlete could any of us ask for than that. I feel fortunate to have gotten to coach her and that she chose Millersville. She is at this point in time one of if not the best player we have had come through this program. “
All sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Honda Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in June. The 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 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.