Senior women’s soccer standout Jenna Savi (Dedham, Mass.), who graduated from the College nearly a month ago with a degree in Political Science, has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award, as announced by the NCAA on Tuesday afternoon.
The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. Student-athletes are nominated only once in their career by their school.
Savi, who was the recipient of the Athletic Department’s Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the College’s Rafferty Award back at the campus’ annual LEAD Awards in May, established herself as one of the top women’s soccer student-athletes in the region throughout her career. As a senior, she garnered her third academic all-conference honor and was named an academic all-district selection for the second consecutive year. Her play also earned her a spot on the NE-10 All-Conference First Team, two all-region honors and a spot on the All-New England team.
She led the NE-10 in points and assists, while also ranking fifth in assists nationally. She also became the eighth player in program history to register 10 goals and 10 assists in a season. Those efforts helped the Warriors post a 12-6-3 mark last fall en route to an appearance in the NE-10 Semifinals and the ECAC Division II Tournament Semifinals.
Savi joins a field of 517 total honorees – the most ever in the history of the Woman of the Year program, which is in its 26th year of existence after being established in 1991. Savi is among 117 total Division II honorees, as well as 213 others from Division I and 169 others from Division III. There are 127 multisport student-athletes in the award’s field of nominees, as well.
All school and conference honorees receive an NCAA certificate and will be recognized online at www.ncaa.org. The top-10 honorees from Divisions I, II and III, including the nine overall finalists, will be honored, and the 2016 NCAA Woman of the Year winner announced, at a dinner Oct. 16 in Indianapolis.
The nominee must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2015-16 competitive season and received her undergraduate degree no later than the summer 2016 term. The nominee must have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.50 (4.00 scale).