For immediate release -12/18/2014 - #207
Angela Bosco Named National Player of the Year
KANSAS CITY, MO – Senior Angela Bosco accomplished something that even she could not have dreamed of when she returned for another year. Bosco, the NSCAA First Team All-American and national champion is now the Division III National Player of the Year.
Bosco graduated in May of 2014 with a bachelor's in health promotion and had the choice to leave school or take her final year of eligibility and pursue something that had never been accomplished at Lynchburg. She decided to stay.
"I knew we were going to be a good team when I came back because this team has something different," Bosco said. "Every player dreams of being a national champion. To be a senior and have it end this way, I can walk away and be really proud of everything I've accomplished."
Bosco set herself on a path to becoming Division III National Player of the Year early in the season, defeating then No. 5-ranked Johns Hopkins University on an overtime goal to win it for Lynchburg. She went on to score nine goals in her next three games.
That would be nothing compared to what she did on the biggest stages.
The quarterfinals of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) tournament saw Bosco score three goals in a span of 3:55, the seventh fastest to a hat trick in the history of Division III. She went on to score a school-record six goals while setting another Lynchburg record with 12 points. She was rightfully named ODAC Player of the Year at the conclusion of the Hornets' fifth-straight title.
"Every game this year, I thought she was the best player on the field," Lynchburg head coach Todd Olsen said. "That is shown through her 30 goals and 16 assists. She scored in the big games and made an impact and epitomizes what a national player of the year should be."
Bosco shined on an even grander scale in the NCAA tournament, scoring a pair of goals and assisting on three more as Lynchburg reached the regional final. The round of 16 matchup took its toll on the forward as she went down awkwardly outside the box and had to be helped off the field after assisting on both of LC's goals earlier in the match. She missed the next game, one where Lynchburg advanced past Messiah College on penalty kicks to reach the national semifinals.
It was at this point she knew she needed to get healthy, both for the team that rallied around her at Messiah, and for herself to accomplish the goal set back in May when she decided to return.
"I couldn't even put weight on my knee and as the days went by, I knew I had to do everything to get on the field for my team," Bosco added. "I knew I had to work as hard as I could no matter what pain I was feeling. They got that game for me and I had to get that title for them."
Bosco saw her team fall behind early in the national semifinal, but she was the one, bulky knee brace and all, to tie up the match. The Hornets ultimately scored in the second half to make it to their first NCAA championship game.
"It was incredible, and something I will remember my entire life," Bosco stated.
There are so many memories for the senior, and not all came on the pitch.
She is part of the WOW program at Lynchburg College, which stands for Women of Worth. The program has adopted 10 girls in Africa and is paying for their complete education through senior year. Women of Worth has also adopted 13 girls from Dunbar Middle School and mentors them. Clearly, Bosco is a mentor to these young girls and provides them with a great role model.
"Angela (Bosco) has been to Africa with me to see why education is so important," Olsen added. "We do everything we can to empower women and we think the best way to do that is through education and that is what we are doing in Africa. Angela serves as an educator at Dunbar Middle to show not only that college is in fact a reality, but the importance of graduating from high school."
Bosco has since interned with Sports Outreach, an international organization that goes into other countries and uses soccer and other sports to help impoverished populations deal with civil war and genocide.
As the Hornets rushed the field and claimed the national championship trophy, Bosco fittingly got the cherished prize first. The tears streaming down, it had been accomplished. All the years playing soccer, volunteering to help those in Africa and locally, giving her all to Lynchburg she had finally done it. She was a national champion, and now she is Division III National Player of the Year.