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Mathis Nominated For Prestigious NCAA Woman Of The Year Award

June 27, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS - Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse standout Bailey Mathis is one of six Patriot League student-athletes nominated for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, the national governing body announced Tuesday. Mathis graduated from Loyola last month with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and a minor in communications with a 3.89 grade-point average. In the fall, she will pursue a master's degree at the University of Denver Graduate School of Professional Sport & Performance Psychology Program.

Mathis, a defender from Lake Worth, Florida, was voted the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's lacrosse this year after earning three-straight Patriot League All-Academic Team accolades. Also a three-time All-Patriot League Team honoree, including a two-time first-team defender, Mathis concluded her career as a regional All-American and was the lone Patriot League defender named to the All-Mid Atlantic Region Second Team this year.

A four-year starter and the Greyhounds' top match-up defender, Mathis played in all 82 games throughout her career, finishing with 55 ground balls, 62 draw controls and 45 caused turnovers. She recently was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from Bob McCloskey Insurance, a corporate partner of the Patriot League.

Off the field, Mathis was a four-year member of Loyola's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, service as the group's co-president in 2016-2017. She was a 360 Leader in the Loyola Leadership Academy and served on Loyola's prestigious Green & Grey Society, a group of 14 student leaders who are student representatives to the Loyola administration.

She was induced to multiple honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa (liberal arts), Chi Alpha Sigma (college student-athletes) and Psi Chi (psychology). Mathis was twice named a Magis Scholar Leader at the school and was the women's lacrosse program's 2016 recipient of the Diane Geppi-Aikens Endowed Scholarship Award.

Mathis was a member of the Tewaaraton Award Watch List in 2017 and earned Loyola's Ernest Lagna Award as the athletic department's top senior female student-athlete.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.

In the next step of the selection process, conferences will select up to two conference nominees each from the pool of school nominees. The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees -- 10 from each division. From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.

The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.






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