LOS ANGELES – UAlbany’s Paula Heuser has been selected as a finalist for the Class of 2017 (2016) Honda Sport Award for field hockey, the Collegiate Women Sports Awards announced on Thursday.
Heuser is one of four players across collegiate field hockey to be nominated for this year’s Honda Sport Award for field hockey. The award honors the top women’s athlete in each of 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, celebrating the “Best of the Best” in women’s athletics.
Heuser is a finalist for the second time in her collegiate career, winning the 2014-15 Honda Award for field hockey. When she earned the award as a sophomore, she was the first-ever UAlbany player to earn a Honda Sport Award and the first underclassman to be named a Division I Player of the Year in field hockey.
Each nominee was chosen by a panel of coaches that represented the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). The winner will be selected after voting by administrators from over a thousand NCAA member schools. The winner will be selected in the coming weeks.
Heuser finished her collegiate career as the NCAA active leader in points and goals, finishing her career with 240 points off 97 goals and 46 assists. This season, the 2016 America East Midfielder of the Year was in the top-20 in Division I in goals, assists and points per game, leading UAlbany with 47 points off 17 goals and 13 assists, including four game-winning goals.
The senior midfielder recently was named a First Team NFHCA All-American for the third year in a row, becoming UAlbany’s first-ever four-year All-American. She has earned First Team All-America honors and NFHCA Northeast Player of the Year the past three seasons.
Heuser is one of four finalists, including Welma Luus of Maryland, Greta Nauck of Delaware and Charlotte Veitner of UConn.
Honda Sport award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sport award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup award presented in June.