KEENE, N.H.--Recent Keene State College graduate and four year field hockey standout Sami Smith was one of 543 student-athletes nationwide who was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, it was announced today.
A native of Merrimack, N.H., who graduated with a degree in communications, Smith finished her career as one of the most decorated players in program history.
Her freshman year, she was named the Little East Conference Rookie of the Year, while earned the LEC Offensive Player of the Year as both a junior and senior.
A Second Team All-LEC Player as a freshman and sophomore, she received First Team All-LEC accolades her junior and senior season, and holds both the career and single season records for goals and points, while ranking in the top 10 in school history in a host of other categories. A two-time All-American, she led her teams to four straight LEC regular season and tournament championships and four trips to the NCAA tournament, reaching the second round three times.
A magna cum laude graduate, Smith was also named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic Team for three years as well and was a member of Lamba Pi Eta, the communications honor society. She also did community service by working with Trilogy Field Hockey, and volunteering to coach middle school field hockey.
Smith is one of 197 nominees from Division III, nine of which played field hockey. 22 field hockey players across all three divisions of the NCAA were nominated.
Next, conferences will select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of school nominees.
The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.
The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.