(December 13, 2013) - Crystal Dunn of North Carolina, Morgan Brian of Virginia, Abby Dahlkemper from the UCLA and Kassey Kallman from Florida State University 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.
North Carolina's Dunn was the recipient of the award a year ago.
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 2014 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.
Dunn was named the Honda Sports Award winner for soccer in 2012 and is a four-time NSCAA All-American. The senior from Rockville Center, N.Y., is a four-time first-team All-ACC member and was named the 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year. She led UNC in goals (14) and points (34), including six game-winning goals and was named a (MAC) Hermann Trophy finalist.
Brian is a three-time NSCAA All-American and first-team All-ACC honoree. The junior midfielder from St. Simons Island, Ga., led the ACC in scoring this season with 46 points on 16 goals and 14 assists. Her 14 assists tied the Virginia single-season record and she was recently named a (MAC) Hermann Trophy finalist.
A native of Menlo Park, Calif., Dahlkemper is a three-time NSCAA All-American and finished her junior season helping UCLA earn its first-ever National Championship. The defender led a Bruin defense that ranked No. 1 in the nation in team GAA (0.27) and had 15 shutouts allowing just eight goals on the season. She is the first defender in 10 years to be named a finalist for the (MAC) Hermann Trophy.
Kallman, a senior defender from Woodbury, Minn., was recently named an NSCAA first-team All-American and is a two-time first-team All-ACC honoree. She was named the 2013 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, ACC Tournament MVP and to the ACC All-Tournament team this season while leading a Seminoles defense that ranked nationally in goals against average (0.48).
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 2014 Honda Cup award presented in June.
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 37 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 $2.7 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.
MORE ABOUT CRYSTAL DUNN'S 2013 SEASON
Crystal Dunn, North Carolina
Rockville Centre, N.Y.
2012 Hermann Trophy winner…2013 MAC Hermann Trophy finalist…2013 NSCAA first-team All-America, the third time she has been so honored…2013 ACC Offensive Player of the Year…was also named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010 and 2012…first player in ACC history to win both awards during her career…first player to win ACC player of the year honors three times since Mia Hamm in 1993…2012 consensus first-team All-America selection and consensus national player of the year…starting defender on U.S. National Team…2012 U20 World Champion starting defender…named first-team All-ACC all four years of her UNC career…despite late season injuries and national team duties she led Carolina in scoring as a senior with 14 goals and six assists for 34 points…also led the Tar Heels in 2013 with six game-winning goals...missed KSU & Virginia games due to National Team duty and FSU and Liberty games with a hamstring injury... had a hat trick in Carolina’s 4-0 win at Miami on September 22...that was the first hat trick of her career and the first hat trick by a Tar Heel player since October 28, 2010 (Courtney Jones versus Duke)...opened the season with a two-goal performance in a 2-0 win over #9 Santa Clara...has six multi-goal games in her career...also scored against VCU in the Klockner Classic....was named ACC Co-Player of the Week after wins over Santa Clara and VCU...had game-tying goal against New Mexico in eventual 2-1 win...scored in both games at the Duke Nike Classic, including the game-winner versus #2 UCLA in the 79th minute...named Offensive MVP of the Duke Nike Classic, leading to awards as ACC Player of the Week and NSCAA National Player of the Week...named to Top Drawer Soccer Team of the Week September 10...had the assist on Kealia Ohai’s game-winning goal against Maryland...assisted on both UNC goals versus Clemson...had the game-tying goal versus Wake Forest...followed that up with game-winners versus BC in ACC quarterfinals and Indiana in the NCAA second round...tallied the the first two goals of the game in UNC’s 3-0 win versus NC State...preseason All-America choice by Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer...tapped for Hermann Trophy Watch List after winning the award in 2012...earned her eighth cap with U.S. National Team on October 20 versus Australia...it was her sixth starting assignment with the National squad...one of four team captains... named to All-Tournament Team at Klockner Classic and Duke Nike Classic.