June 7, 2010
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - Boston University women's soccer standout Emily Pallotta was selected from three finalists as the 2010 America East Woman of the Year and will be forwarded to the NCAA to be considered for the national award, the league announced on Monday evening. The honor recognizes the conference's senior female student-athlete who has best distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee will select the top 10 winners in each NCAA division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics (CWA) will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year.
"Emily had an unbelievably successful career at Boston University, both on and off the field," said women's soccer head coach Nancy Feldman. "She was a standard setter from the day she walked onto the campus and drove others around her to a level of excellence that has become part of the culture of our program. Not only is Emily deserving of this prestigious honor because of her vast and numerous accomplishments, I cannot think of a person of higher character to represent the America East Conference as the Woman of the Year"
A two-time first-team all-conference pick and a first-team All-Region selection, Pallotta (Andover, Mass.) was a team captain for a Terrier squad which won three straight America East women's soccer crowns. She was a member of the all-championship team in each of those three championship years and was voted as the America East Midfielder of the Year in 2009. Most recently, Pallotta was tabbed an All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Pallotta ('10) graduated summa cum laude, owning a 3.76 GPA in business administration with a concentration in finance and law and a minor in history. She was the 2009 America East Scholar Athlete in women's soccer and garnered ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America and NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America third team recognition. In the Boston University School of Management, Pallotta was an honors program member, a Scarlet Key Society inductee, and a Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary Society member.
Pallotta participated in many service projects, including the School of Management Dean's Host program, SAAC and the NCAA Recertification Committee, as well as one-time projects such as holiday reading programs, blood drive registrations and The Home for Little Wanderers Teddy Bear Toss. The senior also worked as an intern at the State Street Corporation Finance and Law, writing and editing bid proposals, and as a Client Services Intern with the Boston Red Sox.
"What Emily has done both on and off the field has exemplified the best of what America East student-athletes have to offer," said conference commissioner Patrick Nero. "Emily has excelled on the soccer field and committed long hours to the community, all while successfully completing rigorous studies with honors, and the conference applauds her."
Three finalists, which were announced on June 1, were selected from a pool of the 13 America East institutional nominations. To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2010 spring season, received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2010 term and had a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).
In conjunction with the changes in the nomination process for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, the America East Woman of the Year award was established for the 2005-06 athletic season. Beginning in 2006, the CWA started receiving conference-designated nominees in lieu of the previous institution- and state-based nomination format.
Year-by-Year America East Woman of the Year Honorees
2010 Emily Pallotta, Boston U. (soccer)
2009 Kristen Millar, Vermont (lacrosse)
2008 Sarah Hudak, Boston U. (field hockey)
2007 Marisa Ryan, Boston U. (cross country/track & field)
2006 Ashlee Reed, Albany (volleyball)