Albin served as a volunteer in Peru

Updated: October 31, 2004, 11:24 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Kelly Albin, a lacrosse player at the University of California-Davis who also served as a volunteer in Peru, was chosen Sunday as the NCAA woman of the year.

Albin was selected for her athletic and academic excellence, as well as community service and leadership.

She led California-Davis to a No. 2 ranking in Division II lacrosse and ranked 12th in assists per game (1.71) and 19th in points per game (4.24).

Albin set 18 school records, including shots in a game, career assists, season assists, assists in a game, career ground balls and career turnovers.

Albin graduated summa cum laude in March with a 3.953 grade-point average in food science, with an emphasis on microbiology.

"It's humbling to be rewarded for everything you do in everyday life," said Albin, who originally intended to play soccer in college. "You're being rewarded for everything that's important to you."

She was a College Sports Information Directors Association Academic All-American, a member of the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Academic All-American Team and was the Division II Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Albin also served as a volunteer in Peru in 2003, teaching physical education, building clean-burning stoves in adobe houses, installing septic systems and flush toilets in a preschool and planting trees on a reforestation site.

She was also a volunteer at a Shriner Hospital.

Albin was chosen from 276 nominees and 10 national finalists and is the third California-Davis athlete to win the award.

The other national finalists were Julie Hardt, a swimmer from Georgia; Abbey Elsberry, a track thrower from Boise State; Megan Grunert, a swimmer at the University of Indianapolis; Anna Crary, a crew member at Smith College; Sherita Williams, a track jumper from Michigan State; Kayla Heising, a swimmer at the College of Wooster; Shana Robinson, a sprinter from Tulsa; Imani Dorsey, a soccer player at the University of Portland; and Melissa Block, a lacrosse player from Mary Washington College.


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