Stanford's Harbin a finalist for field hockey honor


Stanford's Kelsey Harbin was named one of four finalists for the 2014-15 Honda Field Hockey Sports Award, as announced by THE Collegiate Women Sports Awards on Wednesday.

The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2015 Honda Cup.

Additional finalists include Laura Gebhart (Penn State), Paula Heuser (Albany) and Roisin Upton (Connecticut).

Harbin, a senior human biology major, captained Stanford to its most successful season in program history in 2014. The Cardinal claimed its first NCAA Tournament victory and set program records for wins (19), winning-streak (12) and national ranking (No. 3, Oct. 14-Nov. 2).

Harbin was named a Longstreth/NFHCA All-American and received All-Region honors for the third consecutive year. She earned NorPac Player of the Year recognition for the second straight season and claimed her third NorPac All-Conference honor.

Harbin anchored the nation's top defense, which limited opponents to one goal or less in 20 of 22 games. The Cardinal finished first in the NCAA in save percentage (.820) and goals-against average (0.81), and registered seven shutouts on the year.

Harbin was a dominant force in the center of Stanford's back line, consistently stepping up in plays to disrupt the opponents' offense and start the Cardinal's counter-attack. She contributed offensively, producing three goals and six assists.

The Honda Sports award winner for field hockey will be announced next week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools.

— Stanford Athletics

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