INDIANAPOLIS – Recent Saint Joseph’s graduate Anna Willocks is among the nominees for the prestigious NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The four-year field hockey standout is one of 12 student-athletes nominated from the Atlantic 10 and one of 262 across Division I.
Established in 1991, the Woman of the Year Award recognizes graduating student-athletes that have distinguished themselves with their performance on and off the field, standing out among their peers in athletics, academics, service, and leadership.
Willocks graduated as the most decorated student-athlete in SJU field hockey history and among the most accomplished student-athletes to ever don the Crimson and Gray in any sport. She is the first three-time NFHCA All-America honoree in program history; after a pair of Second Team honors, she became the second First Team selection in Saint Joseph's field hockey history in 2018.
Willocks is the first student-athlete to be named the Atlantic 10 Offensive Player of the Year three times, having won the award three consecutive seasons from 2015 to 2017. She is a four-time All-Conference First Team selection, and was also named the league's Rookie of the Year in 2015.
A three-time Atlantic 10 regular season champion and two-time Atlantic 10 tournament champion, Willocks set new school records for goals, assists, and points in a career, and was one of four finalists for the prestigious Honda Sport Award as a senior. She earned 13 Atlantic 10 Player of the Week honors in her career, was a three-time Philadephia Inquirer Academic All-Area selection, and was tabbed for the NFHCA National Academic Squad in each of her four years on Hawk Hill.
This year’s nominees competed in 23 different sports; in total, a record 585 women were nominated across all three NCAA divisions. Conferences select up to two nominees to forward to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which selects the top 10 honorees and three finalists from each division. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses the Woman of the Year from among those nine finalists.
The top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony on October 20.