Lizzy Crist, a senior goalkeeper from Washington University in St. Louis, was named the 2017 DIII Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for soccer 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 Honda Athlete of the Year. 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 41st year.
A native of Wayzata, Minn., Crist was named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the second-consecutive season after posting a 2-0 mark with a 0.90 GAA at the Final Four. She led her team to the program’s first NCAA Championship in school history and concludes her career as the school’s all-time leader in shutouts (31) and was second in wins (48).
She started 23 games in goal and recorded a 19-1-2 mark with a single-season school record 0.29 goals against average. She also set the single-season school record with 13 shutouts, and tied the win total. Crist led the UAA and ranked fifth in NCAA Division III in goals allowed (6) and goals against average.
This season Crist was named a 2016 NSCAA first-team All-American and a 2016 CoSIDA first-team academic All-American.
“My success is the team's success,” stated Crist. “As the accomplishments from this past weekend are still sinking in, I feel extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to battle and grow with my teammates these last four years. It is an honor to receive this nomination, and it truly would not have been possible without the dedication of the coaching staff, the support of the athletic administration, the devotion of my parents, and of course, the incredible talent of my teammates.”
“In the Washington University women’s soccer family, we want to transcend the NCAA student-athlete experience into one of a scholar-champion,” explained head coach Jim Conlon. “We ask our women to push their boundaries academically and athletically and open their minds to respecting other people’s differences. Lizzy has opened her mind and pushed boundaries throughout her career at WashU."
"Her academic prowess in biomedical engineering takes classroom theory and puts it into life practicality with all of her internships and research opportunities. On the field, she takes the ball and turns it into a tool of growth. She makes herself, me and her teammates better by the way she approaches life, the game and learning. Lizzy is truly a scholar-champion.”
All Honda Sports nominees from DIII and DII become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Athlete of the Year in their respective divisions, presented in a live telecast on CBS Sports on June 26, 2017, in downtown Los Angeles. The Honda 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 41 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.