Lindsay Bower, a senior midfielder from Messiah College, was named the 2017 DIII Athlete 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 DIII 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 41st year.
Hailing from Carlisle, Pa., Bower led Messiah to its first-ever NCAA Division III National Championship finishing the season a perfect 22-0 against Division III competition. She was named a NFHCA second-team All-American and is a two-time NFHCA first-team All-South Atlantic Region honoree.
A two-time first-team All-MAC Commonwealth performer, she started in all 23 games this season at center midfield and scored two goals adding one assist. She was selected to the NFHCA Division III Senior Game.
“As a student-athlete, this nomination is something very special,“ stated Bower. “To be recognized for not only my athletic ability, but for also my leadership and academic abilities is something that I very much appreciate as a Division III athlete. This is very exciting and very humbling, and I am so thankful that I have been given the opportunity to represent Messiah and Division III field hockey on such a large stage.”
"This is an incredible honor for Lindsay and the Messiah College field hockey program,” said head coach Brooke Good. “Lindsay joins a prestigious group of female athletes that represent the best of the best in their respective sports. To be associated with the Honda Award program and the many amazing women who have received this honor previously is a real treat.”
All 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 June 26, 2017, in downtown Los Angeles. The 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.