Bishop Nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Christy Bishop
Christy Bishop

Indianapolis, Ind. – St. Mary's College of Maryland graduate Christy Bishop '15 (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) has been nominated for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Bishop is one of 480 female student-athletes across all three divisions – the most ever in the history of the program – to be selected as a nominee for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Of the nominees, 207 competed in Division I, 93 competed in Division II and 180 competed in Division III athletics.

To view the list of school nominees, click here.

Fellow Capital Athletic Conference student-athletes Brooke Gannon of Wesley College and Summer Washburn of Salisbury University joined Bishop on the list of nominees as well.

Now in its 25th year, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership. 

The 5-10 dual-sport athlete starred for the Seahawks on the field hockey and women's lacrosse fields at opposite ends of the field, defending the goal in field hockey while attacking the cage in lacrosse. Bishop played in each of her sport's senior all-star games.

In field hockey, Bishop was named to the NFHCA All-South Region First Team, making her the first Seahawk to earn first team honors since Emily Smithson '09 did so in 2008. She became the 11th player to garner all-region honors in program history. Bishop also notched a first team All-CAC award – the first such award for the program since 2012.

She ranked second in the CAC with 142 saves and owned a CAC third-best .811 save percentage. Bishop posted 2.05 goals-against average and a 9-7 record with two shutouts in her final season. She tied a school single-game record with 26 saves in a double OT matchup at Christopher Newport University.

Bishop ends her four-year field hockey career with a 1.86 GAA (2nd all-time) and a. 776 save percentage (6th all-time). She also registered 30 wins (2nd all-time) and seven shutouts in 57 games played (55 starts).

As a lacrosse attacker, she concluded her four-year career as a first-time IWLCA All-Chesapeake Region selection as she earned a spot on the second team this season. Bishop also collected a pair of second team All-Capital Athletic Conference honors during her last two seasons with the Seahawks.

In 2015, Bishop was third on the team in goals with 31 and fourth with 35 points while adding 16 ground balls, eight draw controls, and five caused turnovers. She collected CAC Offensive Player of the Week honors on March 3rd after career-bests of five goals and six points in a road win over No. 17 Washington College.

Bishop achieved a milestone this season as she recorded her 100th career point on April 4th following a four-goal performance against Wesley College. She finished her career with 96 goals and nine assists for 105 career points while adding 40 ground balls, 16 draw controls, and 14 caused turnovers in 46 games as a full-time starter her last two seasons.

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 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year. 

The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced, and the Top 30 honorees celebrated, at the annual award ceremony October 18 in Indianapolis.

To view the original NCAA release, click here.

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