Arcadia University Athletics

07/12/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/12/2018 15:32

Kelly Named Arcadia’s NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

INDIANAPOLIS - Standout former soccer player, , has been named Arcadia's NCAA Woman of the Year nominee, the department and NCAA announced. In total, 199 nominees were submitted at the NCAA Division III level.

For 28 years, this program has honored the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service, and leadership of outstanding female college athletes.
Rooted in Title IX and directed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics, the NCAA Woman of the Year program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. In 2018, more than 200,000 women are playing college sports, and the NCAA received a program record of 581 nominations for this prestigious award.
'Jess is one of the hardest working, most intelligent, and competitive players I've ever coached,' said Associate Director of Athletics/Head Women's Soccer Coach . 'Jess's work ethic is second-to-none, improving dramatically every year in the program, and culminating in a story-book finish during her senior season. She has the rare combination of athletic skill, coupled with an advanced tactical understanding of the game that makes her an invaluable attacker and impossible to defend against.
Whether presenting a mock pregame speech in the locker room that draws hysterical laughs or when she is demanding intensity on the field with just a look, Jess has epitomized the spirit of Arcadia Athletics with her unassuming, yet high-functioning, and success-driven personality.
Jess has achieved legendary status within the soccer program. Having scored the biggest goal in Arcadia history in overtime versus Messiah, she has put a permanent stamp on the direction of Arcadia women's soccer.'
Jess has etched herself into the women's soccer record books over the course of her career. After the 2017 season, she became just the second-ever All-American in program history. The three-time All-MAC Commonwealth team member currently sits in the top five all-time in points, goals, game winning goals, and penalty kicks made.
No stranger to the accolades, Jess was named the 2017 MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Year, as she guided the women's soccer team to its first ever MAC Commonwealth Title, ending Messiah's 11-year unbeaten conference record with a golden goal in overtime of the championship game.
During her senior campaign, Jess earned accolades both on and off the pitch. Athletically, she was named First Team All-Region, Philadelphia Inquirer/PhillySIDA Academic All-Area, and MAC Commonwealth Offensive Player of the Week three times, while posting a career high 18 goals and 43 points.
Over the course of her career, she's developed into one of the greatest players in program history. She currently sits 4th all-time in points (95), 5th in goals (34), 2nd in game-winning goals (13), 3rd in assists (27), and 1st in penalty kicks taken and made (6).
In the classroom, graduated with a cumulative GPA of 3.36 as a biology major. She was recognized as a member of the ECAC Academic Honor Roll and MAC Fall Honor Roll.
Prior to her senior season, Jess was acknowledged as an ECAC All-Star in 2016, while making the MAC Honor Roll and winning the Arcadia Female Strength and Conditioning Award in 2015.
Over the course of her career, Jess helped lead the Knights to a total combined record of 67-22, two ECAC titles, one conference championship, two appearances in the NCAA Tournament, and the program's first-ever NCAA tournament game win.
Next, conference offices will select up to two conference nominees to move forward if at least one of the nominees is a woman of color or international student-athlete. Each conference nominee will be notified by the NCAA, and all conference-round nominees will be announced on in early August.
Conference nominations are forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 candidates, the selection committee then determines the three finalists in each division for a total of nine finalists.

The Committee on Women's Athletics will select the 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. The 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced Sunday, Oct. 28, at an awards dinner in Indianapolis.

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