Wash U goalie named NCAA Woman of the Year

Lizzy Crist
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2017 Washington University in St. Louis graduate Lizzy Crist was named the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year, as announced at a ceremony Sunday night at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis. 

Crist is the second student-athlete from WashU to win the award, joining 2012 winner Elizabeth Phillips. She is just the fifth NCAA Division III student-athlete to claim the honor in the 27 years the NCAA has given the award. It is, however, the second year in a row that a Division III student-athlete was honored. Former MIT swimmer Margaret Guo won the award in 2016.

The NCAA Woman of the Year program honors the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, nominees must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport, must have completed eligibility in their primary sport and be nominated by their member school.

"I am still letting it all sink in. I really want my teammates, many of whom who were watching tonight, to know that I could not have done this without them," said Crist. "I am so thankful to have had my four years at WashU and to have been surrounded by so many incredible people."

Crist was the 2017 Division III Honda Athlete of the Year and the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Soccer Association National Player of the Year after helping lead the Bears to the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Championship. She was also the D3soccer.com Goalkeeper of the Year and a D3soccer.com First-Team All-America selection.

Crist started 23 games in goal for the Bears as a senior and recorded a 19-1-2 mark with a single-season school record 0.29 goals against average. She also set the single-season school record with 13 shutouts, and tied the single-season win total. Crist led the University Athletic Association and ranked fifth in NCAA Division III in goals allowed (6) and goals against average.

She was named the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Defensive Player for the second-consecutive season after posting a 2-0 mark with a 0.90 goals against average in two games at the Final Four. Crist helped guide the Bears to the program's first NCAA Championship in school history and concludes her career as the school's all-time leader in shutouts (31) and was second in wins (48).

Crist also excelled in the classroom during her four years on the Danforth Campus. She graduated in May with a 3.90 grade point average while majoring in biomedical engineering. Crist was the 2016 NSCAA National Scholar of the Year and College Sports Information Directors of America First-Team Academic All-America and All-District selection.

She was also a three-time Academic all-UAA honoree, and is currently enrolled in the University of Minnesota Biomedical Engineering PhD program.

Crist earned the Department of Biomedical Engineering Outstanding Senior Achievement Award and was the first student in school history to sweep the three major awards at the Chancellor's Dinner – Ethan A.H. Shepley Award, W. Alfred Hayes Award, A. Gwendolyn Drew Award.

She served as an undergraduate researcher in the transport and tissue engineering laboratory since 2015, and earned summa cum laude and Tau Beta Pi honors in 2017.

In addition, Crist was also a four-year student tutor for Engineering Student Services and a teaching assistant for Quantitative Physiology II in 2017. She also was named the 2016-17 William K.Y. and Anne Tao W Club Distinguished Athlete of the Year Award.

In 2012, Elizabeth Phillips, a cross country and track athlete from Washington University, received the award. The previous year, Stevens swimmer and track athlete Laura Barito was the award's winner. The NCAA Woman of the Year award first went to a Division III student-athlete in 2003, the 13th year of the award, when Kenyon swimmer Ashley Jo Rowatt received the honor.

D-III's No. 1 takes down D-II's No. 1

Messiah increased its winning streak to 34 in a row. Its last loss came in overtime to Shippensburg in the 2016 season opener. 
Shippensburg athletics photo
 

In a highly anticipated tilt between the No. 1 teams in the country in NCAA Divisions II and III, Messiah field hockey proved that divisional lines are just a technicality, thoroughly dominating the top-ranked and defending D-II national champion Shippensburg Raiders on the road by a final score of 4-0 on a rain-soaked afternoon from soggy Robb Sports Complex.
 
The win for the Falcons improves their record to 12-0. Messiah outshot Shippensburg 21-4 in the game, and earned 13 penalty corners while the Raiders only had two.

Messiah avenged its only loss from last season, a 1-0 defeat to Shippensburg in the first game of the 2016 season. The Falcons have won 34 consecutive outings.

After four unsuccessful shots in the opening 15 minutes, Kristin Donohue found Carissa Gehman in front of the cage for the first goal of the game at the 17:41 mark. Shippensburg got a few chances to even the score in the following minutes, but Shelby Landes turned aside one attempt and another Raider shot was blocked by the Falcon defense.

Gehman scored twice more in the second-half, continuing her scalding-hot October as the senior notched her third hat trick of the season and seventh of her historic career. In three games this month, she has tallied 10 goals and 21 points on 37 shots, with the game-winning goal in all three. She now has 95 career goals (16 behind program record 111 held by current assistant coach Danae (Chambers) Hollenbach '05) and 206 career points (20 behind Aftan Fisher '07 for second-place all-time in the Messiah record books).

Six minutes before halftime, the Falcons were knocking on the door again. This time, it was Karalyn Schmidt who found the back of the cage for her first goal of the season, pushing the Messiah advantage to 2-0.

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