Crosley and Haskell Finalists for NESCAC's NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

Elena Crosley '13 (left) and Melissa Haskell '13 (right)
Elena Crosley '13 (left) and Melissa Haskell '13 (right)

BRUNSWICK, Maine - A pair of Bowdoin athletes have been named finalists to represent the New England Small College Athletic Conference as its 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee.

Recently-graduated Elena Crosley '13 and Melissa Haskell '13 are two of the NESCAC's six finalists for the nomination, which will be determined by a committee of conference administrators in the coming weeks.

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. The 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 20 in Indianapolis, Ind.

Elena Crosley
Elena Crosley (St. Louis, Mo.), a 2013 graduate of Bowdoin, has been a steady presence on the Polar Bear field hockey team’s defensive unit, while excelling in the classroom and in the community. Graduating with a degree in mathematics and a minor in biology, Crosley has been recognized by Bowdoin’s mathematics department numerous times. A two-time NESCAC All-Academic selection, Crosley was also honored twice on the NFHCA All-Academic Team. Crosley was recognized as a Gates Millenium Scholar and Nation Merit Hispanic Scholar each year from 2009 through 2013, and is a Fullbright Canada STEM 2013 award recipient. Beginning in the spring of 2012, Crosley was chosen to work on a NSF funded research modeling project on the gulf of Maine fisheries. During summer of the same year, she was chosen to participate in a research experience for undergraduates funded by the NSF at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS) working on modeling disease transmission patterns.

On the field, Crosley was a four-year letter-winner and two-year starter for the Polar Bears. She was a member of Bowdoin’s NCAA Division III Field Hockey National Championship winning team in 2010 and helped the Polar Bears to NCAA semifinal and quarterfinal appearances in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Crosley also helped the Polar Bears to back-to-back NESCAC championship titles in 2010 and 2011. Following the conclusion of her senior season, Crosley was awarded the team’s unsung hero award and earned a spot on the NESCAC All-Sportsmanship Team.

On campus, she was a Safe Space trained support provider, worked as a calculus tutor, and was also a member of the Outing Club. She assisted with numerous campus initiatives including Girls and Women in Sports Day and Aspirations in Maine High School Visit Day. Additionally, Crosley assisted with Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics swim meets and blood drives.

Melissa Haskell
Melissa Haskell (Medfield, Mass.), a 2013 graduate of Bowdoin and a former four-year letter winner on the Polar Bears’ volleyball team, has received numerous academic honors and distinctions throughout her days at Bowdoin, while finding time to volunteer on campus. Graduating with a degree in physics, Haskell was honored as a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar three times, named to CoSIDA’s Capital One Division III Academic All-District team in 2012, and recognized three times as Academic All-NESCAC.

Haskell has twice completed the Harvard-MIT Health and Science Technology Summer Institute for Biomedical Optics at Massachusetts General Hospital. Her work in physics has included the distinction as the first author presenter at SPIE Photonics West Conference in 2013, while completing an honors research project in physics and receiving the Noel C. Little Prize in experimental physics. Haskell received a Maine Space Grant Consortium and Research for Women in the Physical Sciences fund. She has also received the James Mills Pierce Fellowship for talented prospective Ph.D. students in the natural sciences and engineering at Harvard University for graduate work ending in 2016.

Haskell's performances during the NCAA Tournament earned her Regional All-American and All-American Honorable Mention status in 2012. As an outside hitter, Haskell ranked among some of Bowdoin’s best volleyball players in program history. She finished her career ranked third in career kills (1,039), fourth in career digs (1,235), fifth in career service aces (154) and compiled the fifth most kills in a single season (321).

A senior captain, Haskell found time to volunteer as a mentor for Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Additionally, Haskell has been involved with the Relay for Life Planning Committee and was the Subcommittee Chair for this year's event. Haskell worked as a physics lab instructor and volunteered with Bowdoin's Girl’s and Women in Sports Day, along with volunteering for the Coastal Humane Society and participating in Bowdoin’s LGBTQ Out Ally training.