Cape Cod, Mass. - September 23, 2010 - Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Commissioner Rudy Keeling announced the four recipients of the ECAC Award of Valor, one of which was Springfield College's Erin Doolan. Doolan, along with Erin Dallas (Keene State College), Merzudin Ibric (Wheaton College), and Kevin Laue (Manhattan College) will receive their awards at the Honors Banquet on Tuesday, September 28 presented by Jostens. The banquet will be held at The Resort and Conference Center in Hyannis, Mass. during the 2010 ECAC Fall Convention and Trade Show.
Established in 1985, the ECAC Award of Valor honors ECAC athletes whose courage, motivation, and relentless determination serves as an inspiration to all. The recipients exemplify strength of character and perseverance deserving recognition as being truly triumphant.
Doolan, a captain of the Springfield women’s lacrosse team last year, was struck with thyroid cancer twice during her collegiate career. She started her freshman year in 2005 and was diagnosed with cancer. She went on to have surgery in January of 2006, and wasn’t allowed to return to school for the spring semester. Doolan underwent radioactive iodine treatment in June of 2006, but in an effort to not fall behind in her course work, she took classes part-time during her treatment.
She was able to return to school in the fall, however, in January of 2007, more cancer was discovered and Erin had another surgery in March of 2007. She received more radioactive iodine treatment in June of 2007, and has been under the care of her physician ever since.
Through this adversity, Erin managed to graduate on time in May of 2009. During the 2009 season, she was a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) All-Conference Second Team selection after totaling 32 goals and 10 assists . She received a medical hardship waiver during last spring season and finished her career as the captain of her team, while pursuing her master’s degree.
Entering her second year of graduate studies, Doolan has made the transition from the field to the sidelines as she will serve as a graduate assistant coach under second-year head coach Kristen Mullady. For her career, Doolan netted 90 goals and 36 assists, for a total of 126 points, which ranks 15th highest in program history.