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Courtesy:JMUSports.com Release:09/07/2010
Courtesy: JMUSports.com

From CAA Reports

HARRISONBURG, Va., Sept. 7, 2010 - Former James Madison field hockey player Kelsey Cutchins (Suffolk, Va./Lakeland), a two-time Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year and All-America selection, was selected as one of the Top 30 honorees for the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves through their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.  In order to be eligible for the award, nominees must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in their primary sport, graduated no later than the end of the 2010 summer term and achieved a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5.

Cutchins was a four-year starter for the Dukes.  She earned First Team All-America honors and was selected as the CAA Player of the Year in 2007 and 2008.  Cutchins was also a three-time All-Region, All-State and All-CAA First Team selection and was one of 25 players chosen to the CAA Silver Anniversary team in field hockey.  She is JMU's all-time record holder in goals against average (1.10) and minutes played (5,581) and ranks seventh in career saves (297) and ninth in save percentage (.771).  During her career, the Dukes captured three consecutive (2006-08) CAA field hockey championships.

A native of Suffolk, Va., Cutchins recently became the first back-to-back winner of the CAA Female Scholar Athlete of the Year award.  She received First Team ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors in 2009-10 and is the only JMU athlete to ever achieve Academic All-America status three times (Second Team in 2008-09 and Third Team in 2007-08) at the Division I level.  She has also twice been honored as JMU's Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.  The psychology and geography minor was named to the President's List during all eight semesters at JMU.  She received the JMU Psychology Department's Senior Award for Distinguished Service.

The top three honorees per division will be announced later in September to form the nine finalists.  The NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced at a dinner in Indianapolis on October 17.

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