The 2016 Honda Sports Award winner for field hockey, Syracuse's Alyssa Manley, was formally presented with the honor at a timeout during the Orange home opening football game and at halftime of the home opener for the defending national champion field hockey team, as announced by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards presented by Honda.
Assistant Zone Manager Bill Bermann and New England Zone Sales Manager Gerard Harrington of America Honda Motors presented Manley with her award on the field.
As a team captain, Alyssa led her squad to the 2015 NCAA Championship title and was the fourth player in program history to earn All-America honors three times in her career. She was the 2015 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-ACC. She registered four goals and seven assists from the backfield and was one-of-two collegiate players to help the U.S. qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
The CWSA, in its 41st year, 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 2017 Honda Cup award presented in June.
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 $3.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.