Release from the University of Maryland Department of Athletics:
COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Midfielder Zoe Stukenberg was named the Honda Sport Award winner for lacrosse, as announced Thursday.
The Honda Award has been presented annually by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards 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.” With this honor, Stukenberg becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup.
"It's an incredible honor to receive the prestigious Honda Award,” Stukenberg said. “This award wouldn't be possible without my teammates and hard work, and it's a testament to their hard work this season. I'm so proud of what we were able to accomplish this season, and I've loved every moment of being a Terp for the last four years."
Stukenberg led the Terps to a 23-0 record and the NCAA Championship in 2017. She was named the Tewaaraton Award recipient and the IWLCA National Midfielder of the Year.
"We are so proud of Zoe and everything she's accomplished at Maryland,” head coach Cathy Reese said. “She is an incredible person and teammate both on and off the field, and she is so deserving of the recognition she's earned. This is a tremendous honor for both Zoe and our program."
Also a standout in the classroom, Stukenberg graduated last month with a 4.0 grade-point average and a degree in biological sciences. She was named a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-American and earned the NCAA’s Elite 90 Award three times. Stukenberg was also Maryland’s Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient.
In her four years in College Park, she helped the team to an 89-3 overall record and three national titles. This summer, she will begin a position with Teach for America.
Stukenberg was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Finalists included Kenzie Kent (Boston College), Marie McCool (North Carolina) and Kylie Ohlmiller (Stony Brook).