WALTHAM, Mass. – Recent Brandeis University graduate Michaela Friedman of Port Jefferson Station, N.Y., and the women's soccer team, has been selected as the Brandeis's 2017 nominee as the NCAA Woman of the Year.
Friedman was a two-time All-America defender for the Judges. She helped Brandeis reach three-straight NCAA Division III Tournaments, including this year's historic run to the Final Four. She anchored a Brandeis defense that held opponents to a 0.66 goals-against average and picked up 13 shutouts in 24 contests on the season. A dangerous threat on free kicks, she also contributed her first career goal and three assists. Friedman and the Judges finished the season ranked No. 4 in Division III. She was named Brandeis's Max I. Silber Award winner as Brandeis's outstanding female athlete.
Off the field, Friedman was a three-time Dean's List student who received degrees in Health: Science, Society and Policy and in sociology from Brandeis in May. In addition to serving as a team captain this year, she also served a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee officer and was a vice president of Brandeis's chapter of Be Bold, Be Bald as a junior. Friedman also served as one of the Judges' liaisons with Team IMPACT member Belle Swersey and helped raise money via Relay For Life.
A record 543 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Established in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
The school nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, with 229 from Division I, 117 from Division II and 197 from Division III. The nominees competed in 21 different women's sports, and 122 were multisport athletes during their time in college.
The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.
Next, conferences will select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of school nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees - 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.
The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
To review the full list of nominees and the original release, please click here.