STANFORD, Calif.- Becky Dru has been selected as one of the top 30 honorees for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award, which recognizes the nation’s top collegiate female with outstanding achievements in academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.
Dru, who two months ago wrapped up her career on The Farm (2009-12) as one of the most decorated field hockey players in school history, was chosen from a national pool of more than 450 nominees. A native of Buckinghamshire, England, Dru has been invited to attend the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year awards dinner on Oct. 20 in Indianapolis, where the eventual winner will be selected from a group of nine finalists.
Dru is Stanford’s first top-30 honoree of the award since Arianna Lambie (cross country/track and field) was tabbed one of eight finalists in 2008. No Cardinal student-athlete has ever won the award, dating back to its inception in 1991.
A two-time NFHCA All-Academic honoree during her career, Dru compiled a 3.59 cumulative GPA as a human biology major. In March, Dru was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship, representing Stanford's lone recipient of the fall season. Prior to graduation, Dru was accepted to the University of Edinburgh, where she will begin her next endeavor as a medical student in September.
A two-time Longstreth/NFHCA First Team All-American (2011, 2012), Dru was also honored as the 2012 NorPac Player of the Year, earning the distinction for the second straight season while collecting her fifth conference award overall, having also been the named the league's Defensive Player of the Year (2010, 2011) and Rookie of the Year (2009).
As a senior in 2012, Dru led the Cardinal in goals (12), assists (12), points (36), shots (65) and game-winning goals (3). She was a member of four NCAA Tournament teams and fueled Stanford’s transition from an upstart program to annual top-25 mainstay. In 87 career games, Dru totaled 54 goals, 36 assists, 144 points, 311 shots and 15 game-winning goals in 87 career games.
At the annual Stanford Athletic Board Awards banquet in June, Dru received the Donald Kennedy Award, presented to Stanford’s senior student-athlete who best exhibits the combination of excellent academics, strong athletic ability and a commitment to community service.
Dru’s accomplishments off the field were equally impressive. During her junior year, Dru assisted a PhD student researching a potential treatment for Multiple Sclerosis, learning cell and animal research along with analysis skills. The following year, she volunteered at Veterans Administration Hospital in Palo Alto, where she prepared and executed group activities. Dru also helped organize a five-week trip to Madagascar to coordinate a health activities program for over 70 children at Yamuna Orphanage while communicating solely in French.
In addition to completing philanthropy projects as a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Dru participated in team community service efforts with Bay Area Women’s Sports Initiative (BAWSI), St. Anthony’s Dining Room, Haven Family House, Community Garden and Cardinal for Community.
Stanford (16-7, 6-0 NorPac) is coming off another impressive campaign, reaching the NCAA Tournament and capturing the NorPac Championship for the fifth time in six years. The Cardinal, which has been a fixture in the national rankings for all but one week over the last three years, navigated through a grueling non-conference schedule in which it played four games against the nation's No. 1-ranked team at the time.