Megan Taylor, a senior goalie from the University of Maryland, was named the Honda Sport Award winner for Lacrosse as announced today by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA).
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 43 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. With this honor, Taylor becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Class of 2019 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 24, 2019, at 6 pm PT/9 pm ET, in downtown Los Angeles.
Taylor was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Finalists included Sam Apuzzo (Boston College), Dempsey Arsenault (Boston College) and Selena Lasota (Northwestern)
“I’m so honored to be selected as the Honda Award winner for lacrosse,” stated Taylor. “I was fortunate to play with the best teammates and for the most amazing coaches in the world and this wouldn’t be possible without them and all their hard work. My time at Maryland was truly the best four years of my life and I’m so grateful to forever be a Terp.”
Hailing from Glenelg, Md, Taylor was the first-ever goalkeeper (men or women) to win the Tewaaraton Award after capturing the high honor this year. She led her team to the NCAA Championship title and is a four-time Big Ten Goaltender of the Year. She was the first-ever player in the conference to win their position's award four years in a row. Named the 2019 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player, she had 10 saves in the National Championship game
On the season she posted a save percentage of .551 (217 saves, 177 goals allowed) and over a 50-percent save percentage in 17 of 23 games. She finished the year with a 8.44 goals against average and held opponents to just 8.09 goals per game- fifth best mark in the country. She ends her career with an 84-4 record in goal and a .512 career save percentage. Her 740 career saves rank second in program history and she never lost a game at home.
“We couldn't be more proud of Megan and all she has accomplished at Maryland,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “She is such an amazing person, goalie, leader and teammate and is so deserving of all the recognition she has earned this year. This is an incredible honor for both Megan and our program.”
Honda Sport Award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year.
The CWSA, in its 43rd 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 $3.3 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future.
Honda also is committed to making positive contributions to the communities where it does business, conducting socially responsible business practices and promoting diversity in its workforce. From Honda’s involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) to its support of pediatric brain tumor research and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where its associates live and work.
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