The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) named Teresa Noyola of Stanford University a Top Three finalist for the 36th Annual Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious Honda Cup, to be announced live on ESPNU on Saturday, June 23 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern, 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time. The Mexican-born Noyola joins Brittney Griner of Baylor University and Keilani Ricketts of the University of Oklahoma in the running for this top prize.
Teresa Noyola of Stanford University, recipient of the Honda Sports Award for soccer and a National Soccer Coaches Association of America first-team All-American, is one of three finalists, along with Brittney Griner and Keilani Ricketts, for the "Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year" award and Honda Cup trophy. (Photo: Business Wire)
Noyola, a senior midfielder, scored the game-winning goal in Stanford’s 1-0 victory over Duke University for the 2012 NCAA Div. I Women’s Soccer Championship. Noyola was named a first-team All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, becoming only the second Stanford player to receive three consecutive first-team honors. She also competes for the Mexican national team.
A math and computational science major, Noyola was honored as the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. “My parents both attended graduate school at Stanford and they taught me what it takes in terms of time management,” said Noyola, whose father’s consulting company is based in Mexico.
Noyola emerged as one of the CWSA’s “Best of the Best” on the Road to the 2012 Honda Cup that included Honda Sports Award winners in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. “I'm honored to be part of this prestigious tradition and to represent Stanford," said Noyola. "Over the last four years Stanford has challenged me to strive for excellence on the field and in the classroom, and these values characterize the Honda tradition. This honor caps off a very special year for me and I would like to share this with my Stanford teammates.”
Stanford finished the season undefeated, and Noyola’s squad amassed a four-year record of 95-4-4. Noyola had 15 assists for the year and 60 in her college career, the second highest in Stanford history.
“The Collegiate Women Sports Awards is pleased to announce Brittney, Teresa and Keilani as the Top Three finalists for the Honda Cup. They have proven they are the best of the best, and are wonderful examples of excellence in women’s collegiate athletics. We are looking forward to honoring them as part of the live broadcast on ESPNU of the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the Honda Cup,” said Jean Lenti Ponsetto, CWSA Chairwoman of the Board and Athletics Director at DePaul University.
The Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 36 years, recognizing not only superior athletic skills, but also leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service. Honda has been a sponsor of the Collegiate Women Sports Awards for the past 26 years. Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions. Previous Honda Cup winners include Ann Meyers Drysdale, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Mia Hamm, Lisa Fernandez, Misty May-Treanor, Courtney Kupets, Maya Moore, and Candace Parker.
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