CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- University of Maine women's soccer captain Lisa Bijman (Brantford, Ontario) has been named one of three finalists for the 2014 America East Woman of the Year, announced on Wednesday, May 21. The America East Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual America East meetings in early June.
Bijman, who was one of nine finalists for the award announced in early May, was named the America East Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's soccer. She recently graduated with a degree in kinesiology and physical education, with minors in pre-med and chemistry with a 3.96 grade point average. Bijman was named the America East Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's soccer.
Bijman was co-captain of the Black Bears her senior season, where she started all 19 games at midfield. She notched a goal in Maine's 1-1 draw with Stony Brook in the America East semifinals. She was named to the America East First Team this past season along with being selected to the America East All-Academic Team.
Bijman was named to the 2012 America East All-Tournament team and was an America East All-Rookie selection in 2010. She finished her career playing in 66 games with five goals and three assists for 13 points.
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.
The America East Woman of the Year will be 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.