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NCAA Sep 18, 2020

Two soccer players named to Top 30 for 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

The Woman of the Year Selection Committee has announced the Top 30 honorees for the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year Award.

Two women’s soccer players made the list: Emily Berzolla from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), a Division III program, and Stasia Mallin from the University of Memphis.

Selected from a record 605 school nominees — a group that was then narrowed to 161 nominees by conference offices — the Top 30 honorees include 10 from each of the three NCAA divisions. All have demonstrated excellence in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The honorees competed in 14 sports and studied a broad range of academic majors, including nursing, mechanical engineering, biochemistry, criminal justice, kinesiology, accounting and advertising.

“The 30 honorees selected this year excelled in the classroom and in competition while also remaining committed to serving their peers and communities,” said Suzette McQueen, chair of the Woman of the Year Selection Committee and senior associate commissioner for external relations and strategic marketing/senior woman administrator at the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association. “These outstanding women represent the thousands of diverse and talented women competing in college sports each year, and we’re proud to recognize their achievements on and off the field.”

The selection committee will announce the nine finalists, including three women from each NCAA division, in mid-October. From those finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 will be celebrated, and the Woman of the Year will be named this fall.

Name School Division Conference Sport Major
Emily Berzolla Massachusetts Institute of Technology Division III New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Soccer Mechanical engineering
Stasia Mallin University of Memphis Division I American Athletic Conference Soccer Biomedical engineering