Daphne Leenas has been selected as the Keystone College Athletic Department nominee for the NCAA Woman of the Year.
The NCAA Woman of the Year program was established in 1991 and honors the academic achievements, athletic excellence, community service and leadership of graduating female college athletes from all three divisions. To be eligible, a nominee must have competed and earned a varsity letter in an NCAA-sponsored sport and must have earned her undergraduate degree by Summer 2020 (or demonstrate that she would have earned her degree if not for the COVID-19 pandemic).
Leenas — who was the 2020 Keystone College Outstanding Graduate — was a captain of both the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams. Leenas graduated with dual majors in criminal justice and psychology.
Leenas helped the Giants win the 2018 CSAC title in field hockey and guided the Giants to a pair of championship game appearances in 2019 in field hockey and women’s lacrosse.
During her four years on the field hockey team, she helped the Giants to a 38-34 record, going 20-8 in CSAC play, including a perfect 14-0 league mark the last two years. Leenas finished her career starting 70 contests and made 22 defensive saves.
Leenas was named the 2019 CSAC Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-CSAC, Longstreth/NFHCA Division III South Atlantic All-Region second team and was named a 2019 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholar of Distinction.
For the women’s lacrosse squad, she was named the 2019 CSAC Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-CSAC after leading Keystone to a 12-4 record, going 10-0 in league play.
In her four seasons of lacrosse, Leenas finished with a 24-21 mark (18-9 CSAC) with 460 career saves.
The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee identifies the Top 30 female athletes – 10 from each division – and from there selects three finalists from each division. The Committee on Women’s Athletics then selects the winner from the nine finalists.
All 30 Woman of the Year honorees will be recognized, and the 2020 Woman of the Year announced, on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.