This release is courtesy of Smith College Sports Information.
SALEM, Va. - The Rotary Club of Salem, Va. has announced Smith College student-athlete Lauren Bondi (Burnaby, BC, Can./Notre Dame Secondary) as a finalist for the 2019 Jostens Trophy. Bondi, a member of the basketball team, is one of 10 finalists for the award, which is handed out to an outstanding Division III men's and women's basketball player who excels on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem to honor the most outstanding men's and women's NCAA Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess, and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service Above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded NCAA Division III student-athlete. This year's class marks the 22nd year the awards have been presented.
Bondi was named the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Year after an impressive senior campaign. She led the NEWMAC in overall points per game (18.7), three-point percentage (43.0) and free throw percentage (85.3). The senior guard helped the Pioneers (21-6) earn the No. 2 seed in the NEWMAC Tournament and an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament.
Bondi currently ranks fifth all-time in scoring (1,288) at Smith and holds the school record for career three-pointers (197), three-pointers in a season (80) and three-pointers in a game (10).
"We are so proud of Lauren," said Smith College Director of Athletics Kristin Hughes. "To be named to the top 10 is a huge honor and I couldn't be happier that she is being recognized on a national stage for the qualities that make her so special."
Bondi, a neuroscience major and exercise and sport studies minor, excels in the classroom and carries a 3.92 GPA , serving as an A.E.M.E.S. McKinley Honors Research Fellow in the Department of Neuroscience at Smith. She spent this past summer as a research intern with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
Bondi has also made it a point to be an integral member of the Smith community over the past four years, volunteering as an A.E.M.E.S. Peer Mentor as well as a Student Ambassador, which bridges the gap between current students and alumnae. She has also worked with Project Coach and served as a representative on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee throughout her last four years.
Bondi's selection marks the first time in the 22-year history of the award that a Smith student-athlete has been tabbed as a finalist.
2019 JOSTENS TROPHY WOMEN'S FINALISTS
Lauren Bondi (Burnaby, BC, Can./Notre Dame Secondary) | Smith College
Emma Dorshimer | Gettysburg College
Hillary Hellmann | Case Western Reserve University
Maya Howard | DePauw University
Briana Moore | Bridgewater College
Hannah Neild | Gallaudet University
Victoria Pena | University of Texas at Dallas
Hannah Spaulding | University of St. Thomas
Madison Temple | Thomas More University
Jess Vormelker | Thiel College
Ballots from the national selection committee are due by March 8 with the winning schools expected to be notified by March 9. The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 15 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the NCAA Division III men's basketball semifinals and championship in Salem, Va., on March 16-17.