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STATE COLLEGE, Pa.- Penn State All-American Christie Welsh (Massapequa Park, N.Y.) has been named one of five finalists for the 2000-01 Honda Sports Award for women's soccer, Tora Grossman of the Honda Sports Awards Program announced this week.
Welsh, a sophomore forward, is a two-time NSCAA first-team All-American and two-time Big Ten Player-of-the-Year. Named Sports Illustrated for Women's preseason National Player-of-the-Year, she guided the 2000 Nittany Lions to an unprecedented third Big Ten Championship and a third appearance in the NCAA Tournament "Elite Eight". PSU's leading scorer for two seasons, Welsh has rewritten 13 scoring records during her two seasons for the blue and white.
Also a two-time first-team all-Big Ten selection, Welsh led the Big Ten Conference in points and goals this fall. Welsh totaled 17 goals and eight assists for 42 points despite playing just 17 contests due to a stress fracture in her foot. She was named Big Ten Player-of-the-Week twice during the 2000 campaign and helped spearhead the Nittany Lions to a No. 1 seed in the Big Ten Women's Soccer Tournament. Welsh finished second in the Hermann Trophy voting last week as the nation's best women's soccer player.
The Honda winner for women's soccer, determined by a nationwide vote of senior women's administrators, will become a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which is awarded annually to the nation's outstanding collegiate woman athlete-of-the-year at the Collegiate Woman Athlete-of-the-Year banquet on June 11, 2001, in Salt Lake City, Utah, during the NACDA convention. The Honda Sports Award Program also donates $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each university which has a finalist.
2000-01 HONDA SPORTS AWARD FINALISTS
Meghan Anderson, Nebraska
Meredith Florance, North Carolina
Anne Makinen, Notre Dame
Tracey Milburn, UCLA
Christie Welsh, Penn State