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Meghan Bascetta Nominated by NEWMAC for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

BABSON PARK, Mass., July 31, 2006 – Meghan Bascetta, a 2006 graduate of Springfield College and a member of the field hockey team, will represent the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) in national balloting for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The honor is given to a student-athlete who excels in academics, athletics, leadership, and service. The NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced in Indianapolis on October 28, 2006.

Bascetta, a Physician Assistant major and a Dean's List honoree from Granby, Conn., graduated Magna Cum Laude in May and was a Class Marshal for Springfield's School of Health Sciences and Rehab Studies. She served on the Pride Athletic Advisory Committee from 2003-2005 and was a member of the Physician Assistant Student Organization. Bascetta participated in the Humanics in Action Day each year at SC.

Bascetta received the Pride's top senior female team athlete of the year honor after leading SC to its second-straight NEWMAC Tournament title. The Pride advanced to the NCAA Division III National Quarterfinals and finished its 2005 season with a 21-3 overall record. Bascetta started all 24 games for SC, scoring 10 goals while adding two assists for 22 points.

Bascetta was selected to the 2005 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Academic All-American Squad and earned NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honors. She also earned NFHCA/Dartfish First Team All-America honors and was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference team each of the past two seasons.

The NEWMAC also recognized Katie Walters-Krohn of Smith College and Elise Conley of Babson College for their excellence in academics, athletics, leadership, and service.

Katie Walters-Krohn, a two-time Dean's List member, graduated from Smith in May with a degree in Education and Child Studies. She served as Head of New Students, Student Academic Advisor, House Historian, Co-Secretary/Treasurer & Vice-President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and as a Campus School Aide. She performed extensive humanitarian service through efforts with the Northampton Women's Shelter, Tsunami victims, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Walters-Krohn, a four-year team captain at Smith, graduated as the highest point holder in Smith track and field history. This four-time NEWMAC All-Conference Team Member was a recipient of All-New England honors nine times.

Elise Conley, the 2005 NEWMAC and ECAC field hockey player of the year from Babson College, led the nation in scoring in Division III during a senior campaign that saw her guide the Beavers to their first-ever NCAA tournament berth. The two-time First Team NFHCA National All-American captured eight Babson school records, including most career goals (77), assists (33), and points (187).

Conley graduated from Babson in May with a Business degree.

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