June 27, 2017

2017 North Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year Nominees Announced

The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) is pleased to announce the nominees for its annual Woman of the Year award. Nine female student-athletes are up for the prestigious award which encompasses all facets of the NCAA Division III Student-Athlete experience. 

Both the NAC Man of the Year and Woman of the Year awards are modeled after the NCAA's Woman of the Year program, which honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

Both the NAC Man and Woman of the Year award winners will be announced in late July, and will be honored on their campuses during the 2017-18 academic year.

NAC Woman of the Year Nominees:

Nicole Wershoven (Whitingham, Vt.) - Castleton, Women's Soccer

Nicole Wershoven competed on the women’s soccer team throughout her undergraduate career, while claiming All-NAC First Team honors and being named team captain her senior year. She studied Biology with a concentration in molecular biology and biomedicine, while minoring in chemistry. Wershoven was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team, the 2015 and 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team, and as the 2016 NAC Women’s Soccer Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She was selected to the 2016 NAC Women’s Soccer Sportsmanship Team, earned the 2016-17 Castleton Academic Excellence Award in Biology and was awarded the Castleton Research Grant and was named to the President’s List, Dean’s List, and NAC Fall All-Academic Team. She was the top student in Advanced General Chemistry (2013-14), Analytical Chemistry Lab (2014-15), Microbiology (2014-15), Biochemistry (2015), Physics (2015-16), and Immunology (2016). Wershoven was a member of the Honors Program and the Honors Council. She volunteered at the Rutland Medical Center ER, and served as a teaching assistant and peer tutor. She was a member of the Student Orientation Staff, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Pre-Med Club, Science Association and the Sigma Zeta Math and Science Honor Society.




Rachel Quaye (Westminster, Mass.) - Colby-Sawyer, Women's Soccer, Women's Indoor Track & Field, and Women's Outdoor Track & Field

Rachel Quaye was a standout three-sport student-athlete at Colby-Sawyer, earning six NAC Championships throughout her undergraduate experience. She excelled on the field in women’s soccer, and in multiple events in women’s indoor and outdoor track and field. Quaye and the Chargers earned four conference titles in soccer, while she was named team captain senior year and was honored on the NAC All-Conference First Team her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. In track and field, she competed in several events, including the heptathlon, pentathlon, shotput, javelin and discus. Colby-Sawyer earned NAC Runner-Up honors in 2015, before claiming back-to-back championship titles in 2016 and 2017. She was honored with the Chargers’ 2017 Senior Outstanding Female Athlete award, the 2015 and 2016 Charger Award for Outstanding Female Athlete of the Year and on the All-NAC Sportsmanship Team in 2015 and 2016. She claimed National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-New England Region Third Team honors and currently ranks seventh in points (62) and goals (25), while holding 11th in assists (12). Quaye holds several Colby-Sawyer indoor track and field records in shot put, pentathlon, 4x200m and 60 hurdles. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Business Administration degree, while also minoring in Sociology. Quaye was a member of the 2015 soccer team that earned the NSCAA Team Academic Award. She earned the 2016 Susan C. Tobey '61 Memorial Scholarship Award, which is given to a student majoring in business who has demonstrated personal networks and increasing understanding between people and cultures, in addition to having built a strong academic record, while embodying qualities of personal integrity, loyalty, and a joy of life, qualities which Susan Tobey exemplified in her life. She was named to the Dean's List and NAC All-Academic Team, while also being an Alpha Chi National Honors Society inductee. She also received the 2017 Wynne Jesser McGrew Scholar-Athlete Award which is given to the graduating female senior who, in the opinion of the Athletic Advisory Council, has made significant contributions to both the scholastic and varsity programs of the College. Quaye was involved in the Colby-Sawyer Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as a National Residence Hall Honorary, a peer educator, and a campus bookstore associate. She spoke at the New London Rotary Club on behalf of Business Department, and was actively involved in the You Can Play Campaign, One Love Campaign, and Hoops4hunger.




Patty Smith (Gorham, Maine) - UMaine-Farmington, Field Hockey and Women's Lacrosse

Patty Smith was a two sport student-athlete at UMF competing on the field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams. The 2017 UMF Senior Athlete of the Year, served as a team captain of the Beavers' squad that claimed the 2016 NAC Field Hockey Championship Title. She was selected to participate in the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Senior Game, earned NFHCA All-Region First and Second Team in her career, and was honored on the NAC All-Conference and All-Tournament teams. Smith was tabbed the 2015 NAC Defensive Player of the Year in field hockey and claimed the UMF single game saves title (28). The Outdoor Recreation Business Administration and International & Global Studies major, also minored in Environmental Studies. She was named to the Dean’s List, is a member of Sigma Iota Rho and the honors society for International Studies. Smith was honored with the Education New Zealand Generation Study Abroad Excellence Award and the International Studies Abroad Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship. She was named the 2017 UMF Senior Scholar Athlete and the 2016 NAC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year in field hockey. She is a three-time NFHCA Division III Scholar of Distinction and NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad member, while earning NAC All-Academic Team accolades twice. Smith was involved in several community events including the Black Mountain Family Fun Weekend, as a ski instructor at the Mallett School Winter Fun Day, with Rustic Roots Farm, at the Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust Festival in the Park, as a Recess Buddy at Mallett Elementary School and for Kid’s Night Out. She served as a ski instructor for the UMF Snowcats Program at Titcomb Mountain, as a Special Projects Assistant in the UMF Sports Information Department, as a Global Ambassador in the Office of International Programs, and with a UMF sponsored internship working with Camp EcoVenture.




 
 

Chandler Guerrette (Mapleton, Maine) - Husson, Women's Basketball

Chandler Guerrette was a standout on the Husson University women’s basketball team, serving as a captain her senior season. She is a two-time NAC Defensive Player of the Year and was named NAC Player of the Year, while also being tabbed Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) DIII New England Women's Basketball Player of the Year. She was selected as a NAC All-Conference and a Maine Women's Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) All-State player. Guerrette claimed the Husson University Women’s Basketball Eagle Award, is third all-time in the Eagles’ 1,000 point club and is the state of Maine 2016 and 2017 steals leader. She majored in Healthcare Studies and is currently enrolled in an Occupational Therapy graduate program. She served as a student tutor and as a substitute teacher/Ed Tech, while volunteering as a basketball camp coach and as a “The Life You Can Save” social media ambassador. 




Nicole Menard (Milton, Vt.) - Johnson State, Women's Basketball

Nicole Menard was a leader on the court and in the classroom, serving as a two-year team captain of the Badgers women’s basketball team. She participated in an international trip to play basketball in Italy through American International Sports Teams (AIST) in July 2015. The History major also earned a Secondary Licensure and was named to the President’s List and as an Ellsworth Trust Scholar. She presented her senior history thesis at NCUR’s National Conference of Undergraduate Research at UNC-Asheville and was the Humanities Department Award Recipient and Secondary Education Department Award honoree. She took a history course that travelled abroad for two weeks to Paris, London, and Normandy, and presented her senior history thesis at Johnson’s first Annual Symposium, while also being the Lula F. Potter Cup Award Recipient for recording the highest cumulative GPA of the graduating class. Menard was the 2017 NAC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year in women's basketball and was named to the NAC All-Academic Team. She is currently taking an anthropology course, while travelling abroad for two weeks to Martinique this summer. On campus, she was a part of the Johnson Student-Led Activities Programming (SLAP), College Steps Program and Residence Life. She has worked with the Badger Alternative Break, the Vermont Special Olympics, the Vermont Summer Special Olympics, and Relay for Life.




Marley Harmon (Buxton, Maine) - Lyndon, Women's Soccer and Women's Basketball 

Marley Harmon participated on the women’s soccer and women’s basketball teams throughout her undergraduate career, serving as a team captain and leader on and off of the court. She was selected to the 2017 NAC Sportsmanship Team as she positively affected the basketball culture and environment and demonstrated sportsmanship and integrity that went beyond the playing rules and etiquette. She studied Exercise Science, earning Dean’s List, NAC All-Academic, and the Arthur B. Elliot Honor Society accolades. She was a 2017 Division III Week NAC Values selection and claimed the 2017 Lyndon Community Service Award. Harmon was involved with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at the campus level, serving as the President and Secretary, while also serving as the NAC SAAC Secretary her senior year. She worked with the Special Olympics of Vermont, was a part of the Sports Medicine Club and was a student coordinator for the NCAA Choices Grant. She also participated in the “Hope Color Run” and the “Reach the Beach” community service events.




Gillian O’Neal (Burbank, Calif.) - Maine Maritime, Women's Volleyball

Gillian O’Neal served as a team captain her senior season on the women’s volleyball team to finish out her impeccable undergraduate career on a high note. The 2013 NAC Rookie of the Year claimed the 2015 and 2016 NAC Player of the Year accolades and was a NAC All-Conference selection all four seasons. She helped lead the Mariners to the 2016 NAC Championship Title and to an NCAA Tournament berth. She was selected to participate in the NEWVA Senior All-Star Classic and was also named the 2015 MMA Female Athlete of the Year. O’Neal graduated a semester early with Magna cum laude honors in Marine Biology, was named to the Dean’s List, and earned the Dean’s and Distinguished Scholar Scholarships. She was named the 2016 NAC Women’s Volleyball Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, as the Maine Maritime Academy Female Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year and to the NAC All-Academic team. She coordinated community service projects with the “Volleykids” program, with Special Olympics and served as the President and Secretary of the MMA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. 




Allison Granata (Norwalk, Conn.) - New England College, Women's Cross Country and Women's Lacrosse

Allison Granata served as a captain on both the women’s cross country team and the women’s lacrosse team. She was and all-conference selection in both sports and saw her team claim NAC Runner-Up honors in lacrosse this past season, while earning herself Player of the Year as a senior and Rookie of the Year in 2014. She studied Kinesiology and Business Administration and was recently named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District At-Large teams. She was tabbed the 2017 NAC Women’s Lacrosse Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, as the NEC Female Senior Scholar Athlete award winner and was named to the NAC All-Academic Fall and Spring Teams. She served on the NEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as an athletic department intern, and as a massage and fitness intern. She has worked on several community service events including the Special Olympics floor hockey tournament, “Out of the Darkness Walk,” Yards for Yeardley, the It’s On Us Campaign, and on the Haunted Trail to support breast cancer research.

 

 
 

 Tess McClenahan (Embden, Maine) Thomas, Women's Basketball

Tess McClenahan excelled in the classroom and on the basketball court all four years of her undergraduate experience. She was a 2017 Division III Week NAC Values selection and was named to the 2017 NAC Sportsmanship Team as she positively affected the basketball culture and environment and demonstrated sportsmanship and integrity that went beyond the playing rules and etiquette. She majored in Criminal Justice, while pursuing a double minor in Forensic Psychology and Science and being an Alpha Chi National Honor Society inductee. McClenahan was named to the President’s List and NAC All-Academic Team, while earning the Collegiate Crest Award for Excellence in Leadership, the Thomas Award for Excellence in Leadership, Scholarship, & Community Service and the Terrier Award for Excellence in Leadership, Athletic Achievement, & Campus Involvement. She was heavily involved on campus in the criminal justice club, the psychology club, as a Certified CRLA (College Reading & Learning Association) peer mentor, as a student ambassador, in the student senate and as a StepUp! Intervention Ambassador. She was a part of the Thomas College Leadership Academy, while working on several community service events including Habitat for Humanity, the Dirty Dog Mud Run, Taylor Tip Off, American Red Cross and an elementary school clean-up.

 

Allison Granata served as a captain on both the women’s cross country team and the women’s lacrosse team. She was and all-conference selection in both sports and saw her team claim NAC Runner-Up honors in lacrosse this past season, while earning herself Player of the Year as a senior and Rookie of the Year in 2014. She studied Kinesiology and Business Administration and was recently named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District At-Large Teams. She was tabbed the 2017 NAC Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year and as the NEC Female Senior Scholar Athlete Award Winner and was named to the NAC All-Academic Fall and Spring Teams. She served on the NEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as an athletic department intern, and as a massage and fitness intern. She has worked on several community service events including the Special Olympics floor hockey tournament, “Out of the Darkness Walk,” Yards for Yeardley, It’s On Us Campaign, and on the Haunted Trail to support breast cancer research.