TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Just days after guiding Florida State to its first national championship in program history at the 2014 Women’s College Cup in Boca Raton, Dagny Brynjarsdottir was named one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award.
Brynjarsdottir joins Morgan Brian of Virginia, Shea Groom of Texas A&M and Sam Mewis of UCLA as this year’s four finalists as announced by Chris Voelz, Executive Director of THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) on Wednesday, December 10.
It marks the third year in a row that a Seminole soccer student-athlete has been named a finalist for the Honda Sports Award and fifth time overall. India Trotter (2006), Mami Yamaguchi (2007), Ines Jaurena (2012) and Kassey Kallman (2013) are FSU’s past finalists for the Honda Sports Award in women’s soccer.
The senior captain finished the 2014 campaign leading the Seminoles in points (38), goals (16) and shots (87) and tied for the team lead with five game-winning goals. Brynjarsdottir went on to set single-season career-highs for shots, goals and points this past year.
Brynjarsdottir was recently named a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and garnered ACC Offensive Player of the Year, first-team All-ACC and ACC Tournament MVP accolades earlier this year. Brynjarsdottir was also named a first team All-American by the NSCAA.
The Icelandic native ranked in the top 10 in the ACC in eight offensive categories leading in shots per game and tied for first in game-winning goals. Brynjarsdottir paced the Seminoles during league play with 17 points on seven goals and three assists including three game-winning goals that came against Virginia, Virginia Tech and Pitt.
Brynjarsdottir wrapped up the season with a team-high six multi-point games. She tied a career-high scoring two goals twice (against St. John’s & NC State) and also tied a career-high against South Carolina with just her second two-assist game. She walked away with a spot on the College Cup All-Tournament Team after tallying seven points on two goals and three assists during FSU’s postseason run.
Over her four-year career at Florida State, Brynjarsdottir ranks first all-time in career game-winning goals (19) and second in career points (111), goals (44) and shots (232). She led the Seminoles to four College Cup appearances, three ACC titles, two ACC regular season championships and a berth in back-to-back NCAA finals.
The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA 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 2015 Honda Cup. The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
The Honda Sports award winner for soccer will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.
Last year’s Honda Sports award winner for soccer was Abby Dahlkemper from UCLA. Three Honda Sports Awards winners for soccer have gone on to win the prestigious Honda Cup, Christine Sinclair (2006), Cindy Daws (1997) and Mia Hamm (1994).
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.