ORONO, Maine -- University of Maine women's soccer standouts Lisa Bijman (Brantford, Ontario) and Maggie Malone (Halifax, Nova Scotia) are Maine's nominees for the 2014 America East Woman of the Year. They are two of nine nominees announced by America East today.
Bijman is a kinesiology and physical education major major, pursuing minors in pre-med and chemistry with a 3.96 grade point average. Bijman was recently named the America East Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's soccer.
She was co-captain during the 2013 season where she started all 19 games at midfield. She tallied a goal in Maine's 1-1 draw with Stony Brook in the America East semifinals. Bijman earned a spot on the America East First Team along with being selected to the America East All-Academic Team.
Bijman has been named to the America East Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll and also named a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner. She has been named to the Dean's List and also named a Presidential Scholar five times, for having perfect 4.0 grade point averages in a semester.
Bijman has spent hundreds of hours volunteering in the Orono community. including serving as R.E.A.C.H. (Respect Education Action Community Hope) president and an organic chemistry teaching assistant.
Malone is a kinesiology and physical education / exercise science major. This past season, she was named the America East Defender of the Year. She also earned a spot on the 2013 America East First Team and the 2013 NSCAA / Continental Tire NCAA Division I All-Northeast Region Third Team. She started all 68 games for the Black Bears during her four years in Orono.
Malone is a Maine Scholar-Athlete Award winner and has been named to the America East Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll. She has also been a Dean's List selection.
Malone has also volunteered hundreds of hours of her time in organizations such as Black Bear Mentors, Strong Mind Strong Body, Mighty Mites and numerous other one time projects.
To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2014 spring season or received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2014 term and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).
The nominees will be narrowed down to three finalists on Tuesday, May 20 via a release on the conference web site with the America East Woman of the Year being announced at the conference's Annual Meeting in Bretton Woods, New Hampshire on Tuesday, June 3.
The America East Woman of the Year will then be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will select the top 10 winners in each NCAA division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year.
In conjunction with the changes in the nomination process for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, the America East Woman of the Year award was established for the 2005-06 athletic season. Beginning in 2006, the CWA started receiving conference-designated nominees in lieu of the previous institution- and state-based nomination format.