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UAlbany’s Heuser Honored as Honda Sport Award Winner for Field Hockey

UAlbany sophomore Paula Heuser was awarded the 2014-15 Honda Sport Award Winner for Field Hockey– the top individual accolade in female collegiate athletics. (Photo courtesy of UAlbany Athletics)

ALBANY, N.Y. (December 11, 2014) – University at Albany midfielder Paula Heuser has been named the 2014-15 Honda Sport Award Winner for Field Hockey – the top individual accolade in female collegiate athletics.

The sophomore becomes the first all-time Great Dane to earn the Honda Sport Award. Last Tuesday, she was also the first underclassman in Division I Field Hockey history to be named NFHCA National Field Hockey Player of the Year.

The Honda Sport Award is presented annually by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics.” It’s given to the top female collegiate athlete in each of 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.

“First, I would like to thank the committee for this recognition of my dedication on and off the field,” said Heuser. “I could not have won this award without the effort of the coaching staff everyday and my hard-working teammates. It is a fantastic honor for me, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to be part of such an amazing team this season.”

In 2014, Heuser broke the all-time single-season UAlbany record in goals (29) and points (69). After just two seasons, she ranks second in UAlbany Division I program history with 114 career points. Heuser set an America East Tournament record with nine points in two games en route to the conference title, earning Most Outstanding Performer honors.

Heuser was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools, beating out Lauren Gebhart (Penn State), Kelsey Harbin (Stanford) and Roisin Upton (UConn). She will be presented with the award during an on-campus presentation next year. All Honda Sport award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2015 Honda Cup award presented in June.

About THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards:

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.

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