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Cindy Daws

Jan. 12, 1998

Cindy Daws Wins Honda-Broderick Cup

Award Honors Collegiate Woman of the Year

ATLANTA, Ga. -- Former Notre Dame women's soccer All-American Cindy Daws has been named the 21st recipient of the Honda-Broderick Cup. The award is presented annually to the nation's outstanding collegiate woman athlete as part of the year-long Honda Awards Program which recognizes collegiate athletic achievement among women.

The announcement and presentation were made Monday, January 12, at the 21st annual Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Dinner in Atlanta, Ga., site of the 1998 NCAA Convention. The winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup reflects not only the individual athletic achievements, but also embodies the ideals of team contribution, scholastic endeavor, school and community involvement and those personal characteristics that are reflected in the philosophy of intercollegiate athletics.

The Northridge, Calif., native, was a finalist for the soccer Honda Award in 1993, 1994 and 1995. Daws was chosen by a national vote involving more than 800 NCAA-member schools. She was selected from the nine other Honda Award winners from their respective sports for the 1996-97 school year. Among the other finalists for the award were Tennessee basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw, Hawaii volleyball player Angelica Ljungquist, Stanford tennis player Lilia Osterloh and USC swimmer Kristine Quance.

"This is more special to me than any award that I've ever been given because it recognizes me as a well-rounded person," said Daws. "It recognizes the challenges of being a student-athlete in a truly collegiate atmosphere and balancing the demands of the student-athlete. All of the past winners have become so successful in what they've done and have achieved such great things. To be considered among them is amazing. "

Daws is the third consecutive BIG EAST Conference student-athlete to win the Honda-Broderick Cup following Connecticut women's basketball players Jennifer Rizzotti in 1995-96 and Rebecca Lobo in 1994-95. Past winners of the Honda-Broderick Cup have included basketball gold medalists Lobo, Dawn Staley and Cheryl Miller, soccer gold medalist Mia Hamm, softball gold medalist Lisa Fernandez, swimming goal medalist Tracy Caulkins and track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

During Daws' four years at Notre Dame from 1993-96, the Irish compiled an 87-8-3 record. She scored the biggest goal in Notre Dame history, connecting on a free kick in triple overtime in the 1995 NCAA title game against Portland to give the Irish a 1-0 victory and their first NCAA national championship. She ended her career with a school-record 61 goals and 67 assists for a school-record 189 points. A three-time All-American, Daws became the first Notre Dame soccer player to win the Hermann Trophy and the Missouri Athletic Club player of the year award, both given annually to the outstanding collegiate player.

"This a great honor for Cindy and something that she certainly deserves," said Notre Dame head coach Chris Petrucelli.

"She put Notre Dame women's soccer on the map when she first arrived here and has made our team one of the premier programs in the country. Without Cindy Daws, we would never have had the success we've had in the '90s."

Upon her arrival as a freshman in 1993, Daws led the Irish to their first-ever NCAA appearance and was the only freshman to earn All-America honors. As a sophomore, she recovered from a broken foot that she suffered while playing with the U.S. national team to finish second in the balloting for both the Hermann Trophy and the MAC award while leading the Irish to their first NCAA championship game appearance.

She also was a finalist for the Hermann and the MAC award as a junior despite missing the first four games of the season recovering from foot surgery. She was named the offensive MVP of the NCAA semifinals and final with her goal against Portland. While becoming Notre Dame's all-time leading scorer as a senior, Daws was named the most outstanding player of the BIG EAST championship and led the Irish to their third straight NCAA title game appearance. She capped off her career by claiming the Hermann Trophy and MAC award.

Daws currently plays for Suzuyo FC in the Japanese women's soccer professional league, leading her team to the league's playoff semifinals which will be played on Thurs., Jan. 14.

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