Chris Masters | October 19, 2014
They are the five pillars upon which the University of Notre Dame athletics department is built: excellence, community, education, faith and tradition. Those five core values tonight were on full display, neatly packaged into one incomparable individual -- Elizabeth Tucker.
Less than six months after she crossed the stage at the University's Commencement Exercises to receive her diploma, Tucker was back on center stage when the former Fighting Irish women's soccer defender was named the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year tonight during the annual NCAA Awards Dinner at the J.W. Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis.
A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Tucker is the first Notre Dame student-athlete to be selected for the prestigious honor in its 24-year history. She also is the first soccer player chosen, as well as the third Atlantic Coast Conference recipient, joining University of Virginia lacrosse/field hockey standout Peggy Boutilier (1998) and Wake Forest University cross country/track & field runner Annie Bersagel (2006).