Sydney McCarthy, a senior back from East Stroudsburg, was named the DII 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.
McCarthy is now designated one of 11 finalists for the prestigious DII Honda Woman 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 honored to receive the Division II nomination for the Honda Award for field hockey,” said McCarthy. “I would like to thank all of my coaches and teachers over the years for pushing me to perform the best that I am able to, academically and athletically, and my teammates and parents for all of their love and support. Thank you!”
McCarthy, hailing from Reading, Pa., led the Warriors with 31 points on a team-leading 11 assists while adding 10 goals. She has a hand in 21 of ESU's 65 goals while helping the Warriors allow just 21 goals defensively. She had a hand in 21 of ESU's 65 goals while helping the Warriors allow just 21 goals defensively. She led the team to the 2017 Final Four as the last remaining starter from the 2015 national championship team.
The PSAC Defensive Athlete of the Year, she also earned her second Elite 90 award of her career, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships. In addition, she was named the PSAC “Champion Scholar” for the second straight year.
“We are very proud of Sydney's accomplishments on and off the field, both as a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for us, and a two-time Elite 90 Award recipient who graduated from ESU in 3.5 years with a 4.0 GPA,” stated head coach Sandy Miller. “We moved Sydney from midfield to center back for her senior year, and the made the change quite easily, making a difference in our program and earning first team All-America honors. Her leadership and playing abilities made an impact on our program. We are very proud of her well-deserved selection as the Honda Award nominee for Division II field hockey.”
All Honda Sports nominees from DII and DIII become a finalist for the prestigious 2018 Honda Woman 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 DII and DIII 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 42 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 $3.1 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.