College of Saint Elizabeth's Marie Goodman Selected as 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Conference Nominee

College of Saint Elizabeth's Marie Goodman Selected as 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year Conference Nominee

Information provided by Michael Maglietta, College of Saint Elizabeth Assistant Director of Athletics for Media Relations and Compliance

MORRISTOWN, N.J. -  The College of Saint Elizabeth's 2018 graduate Marie Goodman, who starred on the women's soccer and softball teams, has been selected as a 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year conference nominee.

Goodman, a native of Willingboro, N.J., was selected as the College of Saint Elizabeth's Woman of the Year nominee in July. Goodman is one of 153 honorees selected as a conference nominee. 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 Woman of the Year program, now in its 28th year, 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.

In her two seasons as the starting goalkeeper on the soccer team, Goodman set a school record with 448 saves including 281 in 2016, which led the nation. To close out her senior season, Goodman helped lead the softball team to its first ever NEAC playoff berth. Goodman finished her career with 40 hits, 23 RBIs and 14 doubles. Early this year, Goodman was chosen as the College of Saint Elizabeth's NJAIAW Award recipient.

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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The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) has 12 NCAA Division III member institutions which include: Cazenovia College, College of Saint Elizabeth, Gallaudet University, Keuka College, Lancaster Bible College, Pennsylvania College of Technology, Pennsylvania State University – Abington, Pennsylvania State University – Berks, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Morrisville State College, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and Wells College. Associate members are: Cedar Crest College (W Swimming), D’Youville College (W Lacrosse), Hilbert College (M&W Lacrosse), Medaille College (M&W Lacrosse), Rutgers University – Camden (M Golf), and Wilson College (M Volleyball). The NEAC has partnered with the North Atlantic Conference in the sport of men’s tennis and with the Colonial State Athletic Conference in the sport of Field Hockey. For more information, please visit: www.neacsports.com.