Cambridge, Mass. (December 8) – MIT senior Emily Penn (Columbia, Md.) was named the Division III Honda 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.
Penn is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious Division III 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 42nd year.
"I am so proud to represent MIT Field Hockey and honored to be nominated for this award," said Penn. "I have the most incredible teammates and the best coaches in the world, and I am thankful to them for working so hard this season and pushing me to play my best every day."
Most recently, the senior forward was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America first team after being named NFHCA New England East Player of the Year. Earlier this season, she was named the NEWMAC Athlete of the Year and is a four-time NEWMAC All-Conference first-team member.
Penn graduates as MIT's all-time leader in career goals with 69 in addition to ranking third in points (151). She paced the NEWMAC in game-winning goals (six) while ranking second in goals (16), third in points (38), and 10th in assists (six). In addition, she led the Engineers to the second round of the NCAA Tournament after capturing the program's fifth NEWMAC Championship.
"My first reaction was WOW!" exclaimed head coach Cheryl Silva. "This is a great recognition for her outstanding season and career here at MIT. When you realize what she has accomplished over the past four years at MIT it's pretty amazing – she's truly a gifted student-athlete. I think about her sense of humor and the camaraderie she brings to the field, the team room, the bus rides – she leaves a legacy of historic shenanigans to go along with her awards. A well-deserved honor for Emily!"
Penn is the second player in program history to be named a DIII Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for field hockey as Molly McShane '13 was honored during the 2012-13 academic year.
All Honda Sports nominees from NCAA Division III and Division II 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 25, 2018, 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 CWSA, in its 42nd year, honors the nation's top NCAA women athletes 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 $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women's athletics programs at the institutions.
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Courtesy of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards