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Stanford's Sullivan earns soccer's Honda Sport Award

 
Andi Sullivan celebrates her goal in Stanford's 3-2 victory over UCLA in the NCAA championship match. Photo by Jeremy Reper/isiphotos.com.

Stanford senior midfielder Andi Sullivan was named the Honda Sport Award winner for soccer, Collegiate Women's Sports Awards Executive Director Chris Voelz announced Wednesday.

Sullivan was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Finalists also included Imani Dorsey (Duke), Jessie Fleming (UCLA) and Savannah McCaskill (South Carolina).

Anna Kamp, a junior from Calvin College, was named the DIII Honda Athlete of the Year nominee for Volleyball, also on Wednesday. Stanford's Inky Ajanaku won the honor for Division I last year.

West Virginia's Kadeisha Buchanan won the soccer award last year and other past winners include Sacred Heart Prep grad Abby Dahlkemper (2014) while at UCLA, Palo Alto and Stanford grad Teresa Noyola (2012) and North Carolina's Mia Hamm (1993, 1994).

The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 42 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies "the best of the best in collegiate athletics."

With this honor, Sullivan becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2018 Honda Cup, which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 27 in Los Angeles.

"I am extremely honored to receive the Honda Award and grateful for its continued support of women's collegiate athletics," said Sullivan. "I have had truly amazing experiences playing soccer, particularly at Stanford. It has been a blessing to be a part of such an incredible institution made up of so many inspirational people."

Sullivan is a two-time MAC Hermann Trophy finalist and led Stanford to the NCAA championship this fall. The Pac-12 Midfielder of the Year was also named the Senior CLASS Award winner and is a three-time United Soccer Coaches All-American.

In addition, the senior midfielder is a four-time All-Pac-12 and All-Pacific Region first-team selection and a member of the U.S. National Team with seven caps.

The three-year captain posted 20 career goals, 19 assists and eight game-winning goals at Stanford. She capped her career with a goal in the Cardinal's 3-2 win over UCLA in the College Cup. After pacing the team in goals (11) and points (29) last season, she redefined her role as the leader on the pitch. She controlled the tempo of play, was interchangeable with any of Stanford's four defenders, broke up play with her tackling ability, accurately delivered set pieces and was a threat to make powerful runs into the box.

"It has been a privilege to coach Andi for four seasons," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "She is one of the best leaders and most competitive student-athletes we have ever had at Stanford. She strives for excellence in everything she does, and this award is a testament to her hard work and determination."

Honda Sport Award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year.

"My family, teammates, athletic trainers, strength coaches, physical therapists, fellow students, professors and the entire Stanford community have always pushed and supported me, and I am beyond appreciative of that," Sullivan said. "I cannot thank them all enough, and I will never forget the impact they have had on me as a player and a person. I also want to thank all of our fans for their continued support of the program this season and throughout my stay at Stanford."

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. Last season, Stanford swimmer Katie Ledecky won the Honda Cup.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by BaldEagle
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on Dec 21, 2017 at 5:56 am

Excellent choice. Women's soccer has been under appreciated for years. Go Cardinal!


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