Caroline Rice Named Among 25 Finalists For NFCA National Player of the Year

Caroline Rice has batted .645 in NESCAC play this spring, by far the best of any player in the league
Caroline Rice has batted .645 in NESCAC play this spring, by far the best of any player in the league

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Bowdoin first-year Caroline Rice (Santa Ana, Calif.) has been named among 24 finalists for the inaugural Schutt Sports/NFCA Division III National Player of the Year.

The rookie is enjoying a spectacular campaign for the Polar Bears and is the only NESCAC player among the 25 finalists for the award and one of just two first-years in the nation considered for the honor.

Rice has been the most dominant offensive force in the NESCAC this spring, batting .510 in 31 games, collecting a league-best 14 doubles with three home runs and reaching base at a conference-high .546 clip. Her 51 hits are also tied for the league lead. Against NESCAC teams this spring she has been even more impressive, batting .645 and slugging 1.065, by far the best of any player in the conference.

The 25 finalists will be pared down to 10 in two weeks with the final three chosen after that. The winner will be announced following the completion of the NCAA Division III Tournament in May.