St. Louis, Mo., Sept. 27, 2017 – Washington University in St. Louis graduate Lizzy Crist was selected as a Top 9 finalist for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, as announced by the Woman of the Year selection committee.
Three women from each NCAA division were selected. Their college careers are highlighted by outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, community service and leadership. The nine finalists were chosen from 30 Woman of the Year honorees.
Crist will be honored at an awards dinner on Sunday, Oct. 22, in Indianapolis. The 2017 Woman of the Year will be named at the event.
"I am extremely honored to have been named a Top-9 finalist and to have the opportunity to go and represent my school and team at the awards ceremony in Indianapolis," said Crist. "I congratulate all the women across the country who have distinguished themselves through academic excellence, athletic prowess, and a commitment to advancing their communities."
Crist was named the 2017 Division III Honda Athlete of the Year and the 2016 National Soccer Coaches Soccer Association (NSCAA) National Player of the Year after helping lead the Bears to the NCAA Division III Women's Soccer National Championship. She was also the D3soccer.com Goalkeeper of the Year and a NSCAA, HERO Sports and D3soccer.com First-Team All-America selection.
Crist started 23 games in goal for the Bears 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 (UAA) 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 (CoSIDA) 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.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award, which is in its 27th year, honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.