Wagner Named one of Four Finalists for Honda Award

Dec. 12, 2001

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Santa Clara University junior midfielder Aly Wagner was named one of four finalists for the Honda Award for women's soccer, announced today by the Honda Awards Program. The winner will be announced on Monday. In addition to the honor of this selection, the Honda Awards Program will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund for each university. The winner's university will receive $5,000.

Joining Wagner is Florida's Abby Wambach, and Penn State's Christie Welsh and Joanna Lohman. Former Bronco standout Brandi Chastain won the award during the 1990-91 season. Other soccer award recipients include Mia Hamm, Tisha Venturini, Shannon MacMillan and Kristine Lilly.

The Honda Awards Program is in its 26th year and recognizes the top woman collegiate athlete in each of 12 sports. The trophy was established in 1977 by Thomas Broderick, founder and owner of a sports apparel company that bears his name. Honda took over sponsorship in 1987.

The honoree for the women's soccer collegiate player of the year will become an automatic nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded annually to the national's outstanding collegiate woman athlete of the year through all NCAA competition, as chosen by a panel of college athletic directors. That winner will be announced June 17, 2002, at the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Banquet, which will be held in Dallas during the NACDA convention.

Wagner, a San Jose, Calif., native, led Santa Clara to the program's first national championship last week in Dallas. She scored the game-winner during the title contest and added two assists in the semifinal en route to being named the College Cup's Offensive MVP. The first-team all-American finished the season with a nation-leading 20 assists en route to a 54-point season. Additionally, she was named a finalist for the Herman Trophy and Missouri Athletic Club Player of the Year award while being named the West Coast Conference Player of the Year.

Honda Awards Program Overall Recipients

Jackie Stiles2000-01Southwest Missouri State University, Basketball
Cristina Teuscher1999-2000Columbia University, Swimming & Diving
Misty May1998-99Long Beach State University, Volleyball
Chamique Holdsclaw1997-98University of Tennessee, Basketball
Cindy Daws1996-97University of Notre Dame, Soccer
Jennifer Rizzotti1995-96University of Connecticut, Basketball
Rebecca Lobo1994-95University of Connecticut, Basketball
Mia Hamm1993-94University of North Carolina, Soccer
Lisa Fernandez1992-93University of California, Los Angeles, Softball
Missy Marlowe1991-92University of Utah, Gymnastics
Dawn Staley1990-91University of Virginia, Basketball
Suzy Favor1989-90University of Wisconsin, Track & Field
Vicki Huber1988-89Villanova University, Track & Field
Teresa Weatherspoon1987-88Louisiana Tech University, Basketball
Mary T. Meagher1986-87University of California, Berkeley, Swimming & Diving
Kamie Ethridge1985-86University of Texas, Basketball
Jackie Joyner1984-85University of California, Los Angeles, Track & Field
Tracy Caulkins1983-84University of Florida, Swimming & Diving
Cheryl Miller1983-84University of Southern California, Basketball
Deitre Collins1982-83University of Hawaii, Volleyball
Tracy Caulkins1981-82University of Florida, Swimming & Diving
Jill Sterkel1980-81University of Texas, Swimming & Diving
Julie Shea1979-80North Carolina State University, Track & Field
Nancy Lieberman1978-79Old Dominion University, Basketball
Ann Meyers1977-78University of California, Los Angeles, Basketball
Lucy Harris1976-77Delta State University, Basketball