Dec. 16, 2013
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State's Kassey Kallman is one of four finalists for the Honda Sports Award as announced by THE Collegiate Women Sports Award (CWSA). Kallman is joined by Morgan Brian (Virginia), Abby Dahlkemper (UCLA) and Crystal Dunn (North Carolina) in the running for the prestigious award.
The Honda Sports Award is presented annually by the CWSA 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 2014 Honda Cup. The nominees were chosen by a panel of coaches representing the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
It marks the second straight year that a Florida State student-athlete is a finalist for the Honda Award, while Kallman is the fourth Seminole to be named a finalist in program history. She joins a list of previous Seminole finalists that include India Trotter (2006), Mami Yamaguchi (2007) and Ines Jaurena (2012).
A three-time all-conference honoree, Kallman was named to the All-ACC first team for the second year in a row in 2013. She started all 28 games in leading Florida State to a berth in the national championship game for the second time in school history.
Kallman finished her Seminole career making 94 starts in four seasons with 27 points on 10 goals and seven assists. She was a fixture in the Seminole backline since 2010 helping Florida State to three straight College Cup appearances (2011, 2012 & 2013), two ACC titles (2011 & 2013) and a conference regular season championship in 2012.
The senior defender was part of the Seminole backline that finished the season ranked in the top 25 nationally in goals against average (11th - .551) and shutout percentage (23rd - 0.536). She guided FSU to 15 shutouts including five during the postseason when combining both ACC Tournament (2 games) and NCAA Tournament (3 games) matches. The Seminoles closed out the 2013 season allowing just 16 goals, the third fewest allowed in school history.
In 2013, Kallman was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, garnered Most Valuable Player honors at the ACC Tournament and earned a spot on the ACC All-Tournament team. She was a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy and a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.
Kallman, who is majoring in business management, made school history early this year becoming the program's first two-time Academic All-American when CoSIDA named the Woodbury, Minn., native a Capital One second team honoree for the second year in a row.
Kallman has been named to the ACC All-Academic Team in each of her first three seasons at Florida State and is a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. She has also been named to FSU's President's List twice and made Dean's List honors on two separate occasions.
The Honda Sports award winner for soccer will be announced this week after voting by administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools is complete. Each NCAA member institution has a vote.