Indianapolis, Ind. – The Capital Athletic Conference Board of Directors has picked St. Mary's College of Maryland graduate Christy Bishop '15 (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) to be its candidate for the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.
Bishop is part of a record 147 NCAA female-student-athletes who have been named 2015 Woman of the Year honorees by conferences and independent schools. She is just the second Seahawk to be chosen as the NCAA Woman of the Year representative for the CAC. Brie McDowell '09 earned the honor in 2009 as an All-American swimmer.
These honorees, selected from the record 480 school nominees, represent college athletes from 18 different sports spanning all three NCAA divisions. Of those recognized, 57 honorees competed in Division I, 39 competed in Division II and 51 competed in Division III.
To view the list of conference nominees, click here.
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. She was named the 2015 St. Mary's Female Athlete of the Year and won the Athletic Director's Award at the annual Athletic Awards Reception.
In May, she graduated magna cum laude (3.775 GPA) with a degree in psychology and minors in environmental studies and Spanish. Bishop was a four-time member of the CAC All-Academic Team as well as the NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad. She was also named to the 2014 IWLCA Division III Academic Honor Roll.
She was a member of the Dean's List each semester and also earned both the St. Mary's Junior Scholar Award and the St. Mary's Senior Scholar Award for a grade point average over 3.5. Bishop was a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society in psychology; Chi Alpha Sigma, the national collegiate student-athlete honor society; and the National Society of Leadership and Success.
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. These Top 30 honorees will be announced in early September. The selection committee will then choose and announce the top nine finalists (three from each division) at the end of September.
The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will vote from amongst those nine finalists to determine the 2015 Woman of the Year. The Top 30 honorees will be honored and the 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual ceremony in Indianapolis on October 18.
To view the original NCAA release, click here.
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