2017-18 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. Eight 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.

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 2018-19 academic year.

NAC Woman of the Year Nominees:


Kiley Baran (Granby, Mass.) - Castleton, Women’s Soccer

Baran, an Athletic Training and Health Science major, was named to the President’s List, the Dean’s List and to the NAC All-Academic Team. She was a teaching assistant in Evaluation and Management of Injuries to the Lower Extremity, was a Castleton Student Support Network Member and a Castleton Athletic Training Club Member. She was a co-presenter at the SHAPE VT Conference and for the Castleton Athletic Trainers Club. She attended several seminars representing Castleton at the National Athletic Trainers Convention (Houston, Texas) and at the Eastern Athletic Training Conference (Boston, Mass.). She served as the Castleton Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Secretary from 2016 thru 2018 and as the NAC SAAC Secretary in 2017-18. Baran helped organize and presented at a Student Faculty Luncheon, she was a Fair Haven Concerned Coordinator, she ran a Student-Athlete BBQ and has volunteered her time with the Ronald McDonald House Burlington. During her senior season on the pitch, she was honored as the NAC Tournament MVP and the Castleton Women’s Soccer MVP, while also being voted to the All-NAC Second Team. She claimed the 2017 Castleton Women’s Soccer Spartan Pride Award and was honored with the 2017-18 Castleton Female Coaches Award.

Evelyn Louise Miller (Smithfield, R.I.) - Colby-Sawyer, Women’s Tennis

Miller graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, while following the pre-medical track and minoring in Chemistry. She will be pursuing a Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in January 2019. Most recently she was named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-District Division III Women's At-Large Team. She was a Colby-Sawyer College Wesson Honors Scholar and a Wesson Honors Scholarship Recipient. Miller received the 2018 Colby-Sawyer College Senior Biology Capstone Award for excellence in Biology research and was named a 2017 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete while also earning the 2017-18 Wynne Jesser McGrew Senior Scholar-Athlete honor and the 2017-18 NAC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year award. She was named to the Dean’s List every semester at Colby-Sawyer and was a member of the NAC All-Academic Team in 2016 and 2017. Miller was a program director with the Music Therapy Program at Woodcrest Village working one-on-one with residents in the memory loss unit. She also worked as a Research Assistant and as a Clinical Assistant. Miller attended and presented at the Eastern New England Biological Conference (ENEBC) and at the Colby-Sawyer Presidents Alumni Advisory Council Meeting. She earned the 2016-17 Colby-Sawyer Coach’s Award and during her senior campaign she was named captain of the Chargers’ squad. Miller and her teammates claimed three-consecutive NAC Championship Titles and she earned the 2017 NAC All-Tournament Team MVP honor as well as being named to the All-Tournament Team in 2016 and 2015. She was voted to the All-Conference First Team in singles in 2016 and 2017 while also earning first team doubles honors in 2016 and second team doubles honors in both 2015 and 2017. She was honored on the 2017 NAC Sportsmanship Team and as the 2016-17 USTA Rhode Island's College Female Tennis Player of the Year. In her three years at Colby-Sawyer, she tallied an impressive 101-34 career record (46-13 singles) and 55-21 (doubles), while going 3-3 in doubles matches at the NCAA Tournament and claiming a victory in singles at the NCAA Tournament, which was the match-clinching point in 2016 to secure the program's first NCAA victory.

Laura Pulito (Bridgton, Maine) - UMaine-Farmington, Women’s Cross Country and Outdoor Track and Field

Pulito was a two-sport student-athlete at UMF competing on the women’s cross country and women’s outdoor track and field teams, while serving as a captain for both squads. She also was the UMF Indoor Track and Field Club Team Captain and Vice President. On the cross-country course, she took sixth place in 2015 and fifth place in 2017 at the NAC Championship earning All-NAC First Team recognition and helping her team claim runner-up honors both seasons. She was Named UMF’s “Most Valuable Runner” for the 2015 season, while also being named to the NAC Cross Country and Track & Field Sportsmanship Teams in 2016. On the track, she was an All-Conference honoree in 2016 (1500m run) and 2017 (4x400m relay), while claiming the title of NAC Champion in 2018 in two events (800m and 1500m). She qualified and competed at the 2018 Division III New England Championships in the 800m and the 4x800 relay, while receiving the Team Coach’s Award in the 2018 season. She holds school records in the 200m, 400m, 800m, 4x400m and 4x800m events at UMF. Pulito graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Secondary Education English, while she minored in both Environmental Studies and Creative Writing. She was named to the Dean’s List (High Honors) all eight semesters and was a fall and winter/spring NAC All-Academic Team honoree throughout her career. She was a Parks & Woods Scholarship finalist for Excellence in English in both 2016 and 2017, while serving as a peer mentor and a writing tutor at UMF. She also worked as a counselor at Camp EcoVenture, as a substitute teacher, as a practicum student, as a lifeguard, and as a mentor to middle school students. Pulito volunteered her time at several events and with many groups including Mariah’s 5K Run, the Lake Auburn 5k & Half Marathon, the Hospice House 5K & Half Marathon, the Fryeburg Academy Track Meet, with the New Commons Project at UMF, as a youth track coach with the Farmington Recreation Department, and with Kid’s Night Out.

Faith Burnett (Wethersfield, Conn.) – Husson, Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

Burnett graduated with a degree in Biology (Pre-Med Focus) while competing on both the women’s indoor and outdoor track and field squads. Academically, she earned the Husson University Excellence in Biology award in 2018 and placed first at the Science and Humanities at Husson University Research and Scholarship Day. She claimed Husson Athletics All-Academic and NAC All-Academic Recognition in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Burnett was a part of the Husson Experience Mentorship Program, serving as a mentor for incoming freshmen in the Health Science programs and was a three-year member of Husson’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She has volunteered her time as a cook/server at the Ronald McDonald House, worked at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank and helped with “Active Day Adult Day” with a Health Services center. She mentored special Olympics athletes, was a volunteer coach with a middle school track and field team and was a volunteer coach for younger track and field athletes. As an athlete, she qualified for the DIII New England Championships five times and aided her team to two NAC Championship Titles (2015 and 2018). She claimed NAC Field Athlete of the Year (2018), earned the title of NAC Champion in the hammer throw (2018), was tabbed to the 2017 and 2018 NAC All-Conference Team and named as a NAC Sportsmanship Team honoree in both 2016 and 2017. She earned the 2016-17 Indoor Track and Field Eagle Award and is listed in the top-two for Husson program records in both outdoor (second in hammer throw, discus and shot put) and indoor (second in weight throw).

Kylie Aither (Hyde Park, Vt.) - Johnson, Women’s Soccer and Women’s Lacrosse

Aither was a two-year captain for the Badgers’ women’s soccer team, while earning All-NAC First Team honors in 2017. The Early Childhood Education major spent time working with elementary afterschool and summer programs. She worked at Hosmer Point cleaning boats and painting cabins, has served a referee at the World Soccer Festival and coached local youth and played soccer games with the Beyond Sports Soccer Program. Aither earned Dean’s List recognition four times, was named to the NAC All-Academic Fall Team twice and was honored with the Richard E. Andersen Award.

Mikayla Hodge (Bradford, Vt.) - Lyndon, Women’s Basketball and Women’s Lacrosse

Hodge majored in Sports Leadership, while minoring in both Business and Coaching. She was a two-year member of the Lyndon Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The four-year women’s basketball standout was voted the 2015 NAC Rookie of the Year and the 2018 NAC Player of the Year, while also claiming Lyndon Women’s Basketball MVP all four-seasons. She was tabbed to the NAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference First Team in 2017 and 2018 and to the All-NAC Second Team in Women’s Lacrosse in 2017. During her senior campaign in basketball she was tabbed to the D3hoops All-Northeast Region Team and ended her career with 1,448 points, 1,231 rebounds, 180 blocks, 112 assists, and 75 steals. This past year she ranked in the top-40 nationally in nine statistical categories, was recognized by the USBWA as the Division III Women’s Basketball National Player of the Week in January. She also scored 71 goals and added 20 assists on the lacrosse team, and is Lyndon’s all-time leading scorer in both sports. 

Kylie Catherine Bradley (Westborough, Mass.) - Maine Maritime, Women’s Soccer

Bradley served as a two-year captain on the Mariners’ women’s soccer team, while graduating Magna Cum Laude in Marine Engineering Technology with a minor in Naval Science. She was accepted into Flight School and is currently enrolled in Naval Post Graduate School Studying Undersea Warfare. As a Regimental Master at Arms, she earned the Lester R. Paton Navy Leadership Award (2017), she was the Head PTI in 2016-2017 as a Regimental Physical Fitness Instructor (PTI) earning Commandant’s Commendation, and with the NROTC MIDN she was a MIDN Operations Officer and Division Officer, received the Daughters of the American Revolution ROTC Award (2018), the Military Order of the Purple Heart ROTC Award (2017), and the Reserve Officers Association of the United States ROTC Award (2016). As a Leadership Challenge Weekend Operations Officer, Bradley earned the NROTC Commendation Award (2016) and also served as a Maine Maritime Admissions Open House Coordinator. Academically, she attained USCG Unlimited Horsepower Licensed Third Assistant Engineer, was named to the Dean’s List and the NAC All-Academic Team, she was the 2017-18 Maine Maritime Female Senior Scholar Athlete, a Presidential Achievement Scholarship Recipient (2014-2018), a Distinguished Scholar Award Recipient (2014-2018), the Boston Port and Seamen’s Scholarship honoree (2015-2017), the Portland Marine Society Scholarship recipient (2016-17) and earned the 2017 McBride Family Leadership Scholarship. She was featured in the 2018 NAC Spotlight series and was the 2017-18 Maine Maritime Female Leader of the Year, while also earning the 2017 Lauren McKenna Mariners Women’s Soccer Leadership Award. Bradley was the 2016-17 Secretary for the Maine Maritime Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and served as a Regimental Training Officer and a Peer Tutor (calculus and technical physics), while also working as an Admissions Host and Tour Guide. She has also volunteered her time working a Special Olympics Bocce Tournament. On the pitch, she was voted to the NAC All-Conference Second Team in 2016 and 2017, earned NAC Sportsmanship Team honors in 2015 and 2016 and helped her team reach the 2016 ECAC Region 1 Finals.

Alyssa Maggi (Waterville, Maine) - Thomas, Women’s Cross Country

Maggi is currently enrolled in the accelerated MBA program at Thomas after impressively finishing her undergraduate work in three years, graduating with an Accounting degree while also double minoring in international business and finance. She was a four-year cross-country runner and was selected as Thomas' NAC Sportsmanship Team honoree in 2016. She served as a peer tutor, was a two-year member of Thomas’ Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and worked with the Friends of Quarry Road, Habitat for Humanity, VITA CA$H Volunteer Tax Service, while also serving as a Dance Team Instructor and as a part of the Community Service Club. Maggi volunteered her time at the 2018 Colby Carnival, at a 2017 Middle School Ski Race, and at the 2016 CMSC 5k Run Biathlon. She was named to the Dean’s Highest Honors List three times, the Dean’s High Honors List twice and to the Dean’s List once. She received NAC All-Academic honors twice and was voted the 2017 NAC Cross Country Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year.


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.