Greta Nauck Named Finalist for Field Hockey Honda Sport Award
NEWARK, Del. – The prestigious honors continue to roll in for Delaware sophomore Greta Nauck (Krefeld, Germany/Gymnasium am Moltekeplatz) as she was named this week as one of four nominees for the Honda Sport Award for Field Hockey, as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA).
“A National Championship was never an initial goal for the University of Delaware field hockey program, but that became reality thanks to the hard work and teamwork of an amazing group of young, mature and self-driven women,” stated Delaware’s sixth-year head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof. “The Honda Field Hockey Sport Award would have never been a goal for Greta as she is a true team player and doesn’t really care for individual awards. Although it is very humble for Greta to have this approach, it has to be noticed that her development and increased contributions throughout the season has allowed her to lead our team and make the difference when the team was in need of a go-to player.”
Van de Kerkhof continued, “For her to do what she did as just a sophomore is incredible and resulted in having the University of Delaware win its first-ever field hockey National Champion can’t be described in words. I am very excited for Greta to be one of four players in the running for the 2016 Honda Sport Award and representing the University of Delaware with the highest possible individual award level in this country. I believe Greta would be a very deserving player and person of this recognition as she allowed her performance to speak for itself and earned the right to call herself the nation’s leading scorer as a NCAA Champion.”
Nauck led the Blue Hens to the first National Championship in program history while Delaware finished the year with a 19-game winning streak and an overall mark of 23-2.
The CAA Player of the Year finished the season first nationally with 3.04 points per game and 1.32 goals per game on a school record 76 points and 33 goals. In just two seasons for Delaware, the midfielder is seventh in program history with 103 career points on 44 goals and 15 assists.
Nauck tallied the game-winning goal in 10 of UD’s 23 victories and came through in the clutch in two huge NCAA Tournament wins. First, she posted the overtime game-winner in a 3-2 victory at No. 1 Duke in the second round of the tournament before registering the National Championship’s game-winning goal with under six minutes to play for the 3-2 win over North Carolina in the title game.
Other nominees include Paula Heuser (Albany), Welma Luus (Maryland) and Charlotte Veitner (Connecticut).
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 41 years 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 2017 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 26, 2017, in downtown Los Angeles.
The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA). The Honda Sport 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.
THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards has honored the nation’s top NCAA women athletes for 41 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 $3.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.