DURHAM, N.C. – After concluding her Duke career by leading the Blue Devils to their fourth consecutive NCAA quarterfinals appearance, senior back Alyssa Chillano has been named one of four nominees for the prestigious Honda Award for field hockey.
Chillano, who earlier this week garnered All-America distinction for the second straight year, guided Duke to a 60-22 ledger in her four seasons as an integral member of the Blue Devils’ back line. As a senior, she ranked among the ACC leaders in defensive saves (3) and helped the defensive unit rank among the best in the country in goals against average (1.28). The Phoenixville, Pa., native also contributed largely to Duke’s attack penalty corner unit again this fall, totaling eight goals and four assists.
Chillano wrapped up her career tied for 20th in program history in goals (27) and ranked 22nd in points (68).
In addition to twice receiving All-America accolades, Chillano was a three-time member of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-South Region teams and a two-time first team All-ACC selection. She was tabbed to the 2017 ACC All-Tournament Team and was named the MVP of the 2017 NFHCA Division I Senior Game.
Equally as dedicated in the classroom, Chillano was chosen to the 2016 All-ACC Academic Team and is a two-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll as a psychology major with a certificate in Markets and Management Studies. She received an ACC Top Six for Service Award as a sophomore in 2015.
Nominees for field hockey also include Ashley Hoffman of North Carolina, Lein Holsboer of Maryland and Charlotte Veitner of Connecticut.
The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 42 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”. The winner of the sport award becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2018 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on Monday, June 25, 2018, in downtown Los, Angeles.
Honda Sport Award winners will be presented with the honor during on-campus presentations throughout the year and all Honda Sport Award winners become a finalist for the prestigious 2018 Honda Cup award presented in June.