Cronin Named NCAA Woman of the Year
September 20, 2005
9/20/05 - Middlebury College women's soccer player Brittany Cronin (Centennial, Colo.) has been named the Vermont State winner of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. Cronin graduated last spring after a tremendous four-year career on the soccer field at Middlebury.The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors standout female student-athletes who have achieved excellence in academics, athletics and community leadership. Twenty-nine winners are from Division I schools, 16 from Division II and six from Division III. Each NCAA member institution was invited to nominate one student-athlete.
A committee composed of representatives from member institutions chose the state honorees. That same committee will chose 10 finalists from among the 51 state winners. Selection criteria include grade-point average, athletics accomplishments and community service.
On the field, Cronin was a four-year member of the women's soccer team, serving as the team's captain during her senior year. In '04, she set the school's single-season record for goals with 19 and points with 42. She ended the year with 19 goals in 19 games to go along with her four assists and six game-winning goals. For her efforts she was named to the All-NESCAC, All-New England and All-American teams, while being named the NESCAC Player of the Year. She ended her career at Middlebury third on the school's all-time goal scoring list (34) and third in points (79).
Off the field, Cronin served as the president of the Sherwood Society, raising money for local charities. She was also involved as a mentor in the Foundation For Excellent Schools program.
She graduated last spring with a degree in political science, earning magna cum laude honors with a 3.69 GPA. She is currently applying to law schools.