COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Jill Witmer of the Maryland field hockey team was named one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award, the honor that recognizes the national player of the year.
Witmer, the 2013 ACC Offensive Player of the year, led the nation’s top offense in scoring this year with 19 goals and nine assists for 47 points in 21 games played. She led the ACC in game-winning goals with eight on the year.
She was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association First Team All-American earlier this week. She is the sixth four-time All-American in Maryland history. Witmer made the First Team as a sophomore in 2011 as well and the Second Team in her freshman and junior years.
The forward helped lead Maryland to its sixth straight Final Four and 10th ACC championship earlier this year. She was named ACC Tournament MVP for her game-winner in the ACC title game vs. No. 3 North Carolina. She was also named NFHCA Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year.
Witmer missed three games in September to compete with the U.S. Senior National Team in its World Cup qualifier in Argentina.
Maria Elena Bolles of Connecticut, Rachael Mack from Michigan and Emily Wold of North Carolina are the other three nominees. The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards 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 2014 Honda Cup. The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the NFHCA.
The Honda Sports award winner for field hockey will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
Five Terrapins have won seven Honda Awards in field hockey – more than any other school. In 2001, Autumn Welsh was honored as the first Maryland player to win, then Paula Infante won in 2005 and 2006. Susie Rowe won in 2008, Katie O’Donnell won in 2009 and 2010 and Megan Frazer won in 2011.