Indianapolis, Ind. – St. Mary's College of Maryland graduate Tori Poffenberger '16 (Sharpsburg, Md./Boonsboro) is The College's nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Poffenberger is one of 515 female student-athletes across all three divisions – the most ever in the history of the program – to be selected as a nominee for the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Of the nominees, 229 competed in Division I, 117 participated in Division II, and 169 came from Division III athletics.
Among the 515 nominees, Poffenberger was part of 126 multisport athletes on the list as she captained both the basketball and lacrosse teams in 2015-16.
Fellow Capital Athletic Conference student-athletes Haley Kane of the University of Mary Washington, Aimee Petrides of Frostburg State University, and Breck Sullivan of Salisbury University also join Poffenberger as nominees.
This marks the 26th year of the Woman of the Year Award program, which was established in 1991. The award program honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor its top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award. Then, conferences assess each nominee's eligibility and select up to two conference nominees. All conference nominees are forwarded to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the Top 30 honorees – 10 from each division.
From the Top 30, the selection committee determines the top three nominees from each division and announces the top nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses from among those nine to determine the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year.
The 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony in Indianapolis in October.
In her only season on the women's basketball team, the 5-6 guard helped the Seahawks gain a berth in the CAC Women's Basketball Championship Tournament for the fifth straight season under head coach Crystal Gibson.
Poffenberger concluded her four-year lacrosse career as a first-time IWLCA Division III All-American as she earned a spot on the second team this season. She collected two All-Chesapeake Region selections, including first team honors as a senior, and three All-CAC selections, picking up first team honors as a senior, as well.
A midfielder for St. Mary's, Poffenberger was one of 131 senior student-athletes honored by the IWLCA with a selection to the rosters for the 2016 North/South Senior All-Star games for Division I, II, and III.
The conference leader in goals for the second straight season, she lead the team with 46 goals and 63 points while ranking second with 18 assists. Poffenberger also ranked in the Top 5 among her teammates with 21 caused turnovers (3rd), 33 ground balls (4th), and 16 draw controls (5th).
Along with leading the CAC in goals, she tied for third with a team-best 12 free-position goals, fourth in points, tied for eighth in assists, and tied for 10th in caused turnovers. Poffenberger hit a milestone this season with her 150th career point on March 5 at Randolph-Macon College following a four-point effort on three goals and an assist.
A three-year team captain, she wrapped up her career with 148 goals and 48 assists for 196 points, ranking her in the Top 10 in both goals and points. Poffenberger also tallied 109 ground balls, 54 caused turnovers, and 47 draw controls.
St. Mary's posted a four-year record of 45-10 (19-10 CAC), including 29-9 (12-4 CAC) during her last two seasons.
The Seahawks finished the 2016 campaign with a 16-4 (6-2 CAC) overall record, gaining the program's eighth NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Tournament berth. Drawing a first-round bye, St. Mary's hosted The College of Brockport in the second round. Brockport ended St. Mary's tremendous season with a 10-1 setback on May 15.
St. Mary's, as the No. 2 seed, finished as the CAC Championship Tournament runner-up on April 30 for the third time in program history.
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