ATLANTA — Cindy Daws of the University of Notre Dame and Northridge--she went to Louisville High in Woodland Hills--became the second soccer player in the 21-year history of the woman's collegiate athlete-of-the-year award to win the Honda-Broderick Cup. The announcement was made Monday at the Honda Awards dinner, held in conjunction with the annual NCAA convention.
Daws, who was not present because of a commitment with a Japanese pro team she plays for, joins Mia Hamm, who won in 1995, as a soccer honoree.
Daws scored 26 goals and had 20 assists as a senior, finishing her career--during which the Irish got to the NCAA title game three times--with 61 goals and 67 assists.
Daws was chosen over nine other candidates: gymnast Kim Arnold of Georgia, golfer Heather Bowie of Texas, basketball player Chamique Holdsclaw of Tennessee, softball player Trinity Johnson of South Carolina, volleyball player Angelica Ljungquist of Hawaii, tennis player Lilia Osterloh of Stanford, swimmer Kristine Quance of USC, cross-country/track and field runner Amy Skieresz of Arizona and field hockey player Cindy Werley of North Carolina. Quance is from Northridge and Skieresz from Westlake Village.