Melissa Henderson

The Associated Press

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame junior Melissa Henderson has won the Honda Sports Award as the nation’s top collegiate women’s soccer player.

The award announced Tuesday was the result of balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools.

Henderson led the Fighting Irish to their third NCAA title this season, and was the voted best offensive player of the College Cup. She assisted on the winning goal in championship match.

A first-team All-American, Henderson finished with 17 goals and a career-high 11 assists.

Henderson is the second Notre Dame soccer player to win the award, joining Cindy Daws in 1997. She is automatically nominated for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Award, which will be announced on June 27 in New York.

Henderson also is a finalist for the Hermann Trophy, the prestigious national player-of-the-year award -- regarded as college soccer’s version of the Heisman Trophy.

The top three men’s finalists and top three women’s finalists will attend the Herman Trophy banquet. The winners will be announced as a press conference in St, Louis on Jan. 7, 2011.