Stanford's Annika Dries had quite a season in 2011 as she led the women's water polo team to the NCAA title while sweeping all the major postseason MVP awards. The honors, however, haven't stopped coming.
Dries has been named a finalist for the Women's Sports Foundation's 2011 Sportswoman of the Year Award, the organization announced Tuesday. Public voting for the award has begun and will run until midnight (ET) on Monday, Sept. 5.
Dries is joined on the list of finalists by Luciana Aymar (Field Hockey), Meghan Duggan (Ice Hockey), Juliana Felisberta and Larissa França (Beach Volleyball), Sandra Kiriasis (Bobsled), Maya Moore (Basketball), Anette Norberg (Curling), Shannon Smith (Lacrosse), Stacy Sykora (Volleyball) and Abby Wambach (Soccer).
Athletes were considered for the 2011 ballot based on their athletic accomplishments between August 1, 2010, and July 31, 2011. Nominations for the Sportswoman of the Year - individual and team awards are made by sport governing bodies and the public.
For the first time, voting will take place on Facebook. To vote, visit www.facebook.com/WomenSportsFoundation and browse the photo albums for Individual Sport Athlete and Team Sport Athlete finalists. To cast your vote, simply "like" the photo of an athlete in each album - Team and Individual. Fans are permitted one vote in each album.
Dries recently finished her sophomore season at Stanford, helping lead the Cardinal to the 2011 NCAA title. In a season in which she scored a team-leading 65 goals and was the nation's top two-meter player, Dries earned Player of the Year awards from the ACWPC, MPSF and took home the Peter J. Cutino Award, given annually to the nation's top collegiate women's water polo player.
She capped off her decorated season with five goals in Stanford's national championship game win over California in May. This summer, Dries has played with the U.S. National Team, and was part of the gold medal-winning squad at the 2011 Federation Internationale de Natation Amateur (FINA) World League Super Final.
At the FINA World Championships, she ranked No. 2 on the team with 10 goals in a sixth-place finish, and will represent the U.S. again at the Pan-American Games in October.
Junior defender Rachel Quon has become the third Cardinal to be sidelined by injury this season after suffering a leg injury while warming up before match at Maryland last weekend.
The nationally No. 2-ranked Cardinal (3-0-1) already have lost All-Americans Courtney Verloo to torn meniscus in her knee and Mariah Nogueira to a shoulder injury. Nogueira, however, could be ready to play in Sunday's home match against Northwestern.
Stanford will host No. 1 Notre Dame on Sept. 9 in a rematch of last season's NCAA championship match.
Junior Becky Dru scored in her third consecutive game and No. 20 Stanford edged host No. 17 Albany, 3-2, in a nonconference match Wednesday.
Hope Burke and Alex McCawley also scored for the Cardinal (2-1), which travels to Yale for a Saturday morning contest.
Dru has scored five goals in Stanford's first three games. She converted a penalty corner in the fourth minute to give the Cardinal the early advantage. Burke and Stephanie Bryne assisted on the goal.
After the Great Danes tied it, Burke returned the lead to Stanford for good late in the first half. McCawley scored early in the second half.