PRINCETON, N.J. -- After initial nominations in June, Brown’s Dayna Lord and Princeton’s Olivia Hompe were selected by the Ivy League as the conference’s nominees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, it was announced Tuesday.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award, now in its 27th year, recognizes graduating female student-athletes who have made an impact in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout the entirety of the collegiate careers.
In contention for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, Princeton lacrosse’s Olivia Hompe had a dominating senior season on the pitch. Named the IWLCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Hompe was a Tewaaraton Finalist after leaving the Princeton women’s lacrosse team as the all-time leader in points (282) and goals (195).
Hompe led the NCAA in goals per game (3.95), earning first-team All-America, All-Region and All-Ivy honors. Hompe’s efforts on the field earned her Ivy League Attacker of the Year accolades after she shattered the program’s single-season record with 110 points and 75 goals scored in her final year as a Tiger. She graduated summa cum laude from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and earned a certificate in near eastern studies.
Dayna Lord of Brown capped her career off with a record-setting senior season on the tennis court. Leading the women’s tennis record books with a combined 182 wins, the four-time first-team All-Ivy honoree excelled in the No. 1 singles position for the entirety of her career.
Earning her degree in international relations, Lord’s 24-9 senior singles campaign propelled her to second all-time in singles wins in program history. The Bloomfield, Conn., native was named the Marjorie Brown Smith Award winner – an award that is presented to the outstanding female varsity athlete of the year at Brown.
The list of nominees will now go through division selections before the top nine finalists are announced in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will then choose the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year, which will be announced at the annual award ceremony on Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.