ACC Women’s Soccer: Brian and Brynjarsdottir Named Honda Award Finalists


Duo up for the award that signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics” 

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com)  - Florida State senior midfielder Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Virginia senior midfielder Morgan Brian are two of the four nominees for the Honda Sports Award for Soccer. The award, given by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA), is annually given to the nation’s top player in 12 women’s sports. 

Brian and Brynjarsdottir join Shea Groom of Texas A&M and Sam Mewis of UCLA as this year’s soccer nominees. The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).

Brian and Brynjarsdottir were named First Team All-America by the NSCAA and both are also MAC Hermann Trophy semifinalists. 
An ACC student-athlete has won the Honda Sports Award for soccer 12 times since the 1989-90 season. 

The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”.  The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2015 Honda Cup. The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). 

The Honda Sports award winner for soccer will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.Last year's Honda Sports award winner for soccer was Abby Dahlkemper from UCLA. Three Honda Sports Awards winners for soccer have gone on to win the prestigious Honda Cup, Christine Sinclair (2006), Cindy Daws (1997) and Mia Hamm (1994).

THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 38 years, recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.   Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $2.8 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.