Georgetown's Holden Named NCAA District of Columbia Woman of the Year

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August 29, 2001

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has announced that former Georgetown University women's lacrosse standout goalkeeper Bowen Holden (Lincoln, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury) has been named the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year for the District of Columbia. It marks the second time in the 11-year history of the award that a Georgetown student-athlete has garnered the award. Track & field All-American Katrina de Boer was selected as DC's 2000 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors outstanding female student-athletes from NCAA institutions who have excelled in academics, athletics and community leadership. More than 350 student-athletes were nominated for this year's award by their respective colleges and universities. A committee, comprised of representatives from member schools, then selects the state winners. The selection committee reviews the nominees' grade-point averages, athletic accomplishments and community service and involvement. The state-level winners include 29 student-athletes from Division I, nine student-athletes from Division II and 13 student-athletes from Division III. These student-athletes participated in 14 of the 19 sports in which women compete for the NCAA championships. From the 51 state winners, 10 finalists will be named early in September. A national winner will then be selected by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics from among the 10 finalists.

Holden excelled both in the classroom and on the field at Georgetown. She was the recipient of the school's 2000-2001 Robert A. Duffey Award. The award is given annually to a Georgetown senior student-athlete who best embodies academic and athletic excellence. Holden became the second women's lacrosse player to earn this prestigious award since its inception in 1955.

Holden had an exceptional 2001 season, despite being tested physically and mentally. An Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) South Region First Team member, candidate for the inaugural Tewaaraton Trophy and a finalist for the Honda Award in women's lacrosse, Holden was injured in the Hoyas' fourth game of the season. The diagnosis was a torn ACL, an injury that ends or dramatically limits most athletes' careers. Holden, however, was back in the cage after only 10 days and did not miss a step, earning Regional All-America accolades for the fourth time in her career and All-BIG EAST First Team honors. A tri-captain of the 2001 squad, she helped lead the Hoyas to their best season in the history of the 25-year program, including a first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division I Semifinals and Championship Game and a record of 17-3. Holden posted 146 saves in 2001 while allowing only 114 goals for a .562 save percentage and a 7.10 goals against average over 18 games in 2001. She was ranked fourth in goals against average in the May 6th NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Statistical Leaders List, and 11th in save percentage. Holden closes out a four-year college career with 747 saves and 515 goals against in 66 games for a .592 save percentage and an 8.15 goals against average. The 747 saves rank her second on GU's all-time career leaders list.

A two-time member of the 2000 USA Women's Lacrosse Development Team, Holden was ranked among the nation's best players throughout the 2000 season on the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Statistics List as a junior. Holden ended the year in second place in save percentage and in 18th place on the goals-against leaders list on the final Division I list. A starter in all 17 games, Holden recorded twelve wins in goal for the Hoyas in 2000. She rejected 231 shots on goal and allowed only 137 goals for a .628 save percentage and an .813 goals against average. For her efforts, Holden earned US Lacrosse Division I All-America Honorable Mention honors. In addition, she was named to the 2000 Brine/IWLCA Second Team and to the IWLCA South Region All-America First Team.

Holden transferred to Georgetown during the middle of her sophomore year and had a terrific 1999 season, garnering Brine/IWLCA South Region All-America Second Team honors and earning a spot on the 1999-2000 U.S. Developmental Team. She also picked up ECAC/Reebok Division I Goalie of the Week honors and GU's Most Valuable Player Award. In addition, Holden played for the US Lacrosse National Tournament South II Team.

Bowen, the daughter of Sarah and Lawrence Holden, graduated from Georgetown as a physics major with a focus in pre-med. She participated in Georgetown's Student Athletic Leadership Advisory Committee and was a member of its Executive Committee. Holden also found time to volunteer as a two-year participant in GU's Athletic Mentoring Enterprise Program.

The national winner will be announced at the 2001 NCAA Woman of the Year dinner presented by Rawlings on October 21 at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis, Ind. The theme for this year's event is "The Stars of Tomorrow."

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