INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Recent graduate Rose Mooney, a four-year member of the Saint Anselm College field hockey team, has been chosen as the Hawks' nominee for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year Award, as the NCAA announced the nominees earlier this week.
Mooney is one of a record 543 female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions, including 117 in Division II, to be nominated for the prestigious award. Established in 1991 and now in its 27th year, the award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers. The 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 22 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
"Being nominated for an award like this is one of the greatest honors I've received as a student-athlete," Mooney said. "Saint Anselm has surrounded me with the brightest minds, the kindest hearts and the strongest teammates and coaches. When you live in a community that values academics, service and athletics like Saint Anselm does, inspiration and motivation are everywhere! I know there are many exceptional female athletes who are more than qualified for this nomination. To be a national representative for a school like Saint Anselm is truly humbling and I am so grateful."
A two-year team captain for the Hawks, Mooney helped Saint Anselm improve from a 14-20 record over her first two years to a combined 32-8 mark in the last two seasons. In her senior season, the Hawks put together the most successful season in program history, advancing all the way to the national semifinals. Along the way, Saint Anselm set a program record in wins (17), achieved the highest ranking in program history (No. 3), won its first Northeast-10 Conference regular season championship, made its first appearance in the NE10 Championship title game and earned a spot in the NCAA Tournament for the first time.
In her four-year career, Mooney started in 64 of her 73 appearances, tallying 33 points on 10 goals and 13 assists. This past fall, she posted career-highs in goals (6) and points (15) to finish in the NE10's top 25 in both categories. Mooney concluded her career by earning spots on both the NE10 and NCAA All-Tournament teams.
Academically, Mooney graduated summa cum laude with a double-major in environmental studies/environmental politics and Spanish. She was named to the Dean's List and NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll in all eight semesters, was twice named to the NE10 Academic All-Conference Team and earned a spot on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Academic Squad in her final two seasons.
Mooney was a member of Saint Anselm's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for each of the last two years, serving as chair in 2016-17. She was part of three Service and Solidarity trips, helping provide disaster relief in Mississippi, serving the homeless population in Maine and building homes and teaching children to read in the Dominican Republic. Mooney also was a team lead for Habitat for Humanity, a state representative aid, a student ambassador for the New Hampshire Institute of Politics and coached and tutored local youth through the Meelia Center. Finally, she spoke at the Celebration of 40 Years of Women's Athletics this past year.
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