September 12, 2013

Elena Crosley '13 Named One of Nine Finalists For NCAA Woman of the Year

BRUNSWICK, Maine - 2013 Bowdoin graduate Elena Crosley has been named as one of nine finalists for the NCAA's Woman of the Year award.

Crosley, who was the NESCAC's representative and one of the top-30 semifinalists, is one of three Division III finalists and will be invited to attend the award ceremony October 20 in Indianapolis.

It is the second time in the last three years that a Bowdoin athlete has been named one of the nine finalists. Michaela Calnan '11, a women's hockey and field hockey athlete, was named as a finalist in 2011.

During her four years at Bowdoin College, Elena Crosley did all she could to be a role model for kids. She tutored local students in writing, helped students with learning a second language, and even traveled to Nicaragua (after receiving a Global Citizens Grant) to teach math and English. Elena worked with other notable organizations, including Special Olympics and Habitat for Humanity, to make a positive impact on those in her community.

The mathematics major used her strong academic skills to tutor her peers in the Bowdoin math department. She was recognized four times as National Merit Hispanic Scholar and has been recognized as a Gates Millennium Scholar since 2009.  She has been involved in numerous research projects, including research modeling disease transmission patterns, and received the Fulbright Canada STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Award in 2013.

Elena was a two-year starter and four-year letter winner as a defensive player for Bowdoin's field hockey team, helping to anchor the team's back line on its way to the 2010 NCAA Division III National Championship.  She was recognized by the New England Small College Athletic Conference as an All-Sportsmanship athlete in 2012, and was voted the team's Unsung Hero in 2012. In her two years as a starter on the Polar Bear defense, Bowdoin permitted just 30 goals in 40 games.

"I learned early on that I must be true to myself and my quiet leadership style has worked well," said Crosley. "Playing on a championship field hockey team, leading trips for Bowdoin's Outing Club, counseling campus survivors of sexual violence and volunteering in underprivileged areas of Central America, I've experienced the joy that comes from giving back. I'm grateful for the support and guidance I've had to follow my heart in finding my place in life."

The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991.

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