SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Four Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) student-athletes were named as institutional nominees for the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year on Tuesday. Those selected were Eastern Nazarene’s BreAnna Fraser (Henderson, Nev.), Endicott’s Tori McIntyre (San Diego, Calif.), Roger Williams’ Bridget Quilty (Duxbury, Mass.), and the University of New England’s Taylor Littlefield Langevin (Sanford, Maine).
Eastablished in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award honors graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in academics, athletics, service, and leadership.
The CCC nominees are four of 543 student-athletes honored, making this the largest pool of candidates in the awards’ 27-year history. 197 of the nominees competed in Division III.
The four candidates are eligible to be selected as the conference nominee which will be announced in July.
Once the conference nominees are selected, the Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will then choose the top 30 honorees — 10 from each division.
From the top 30, the selection committee determines the top three honorees from each division and announces the nine finalists in September. The NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then chooses the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year from those nine.
The top 30 honorees will be recognized and the 2017 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced at the annual award ceremony Oct. 22 in Indianapolis.
BreAnna Fraser – Eastern Nazarene – Women’s Basketball
Fraser was a two-year player on the Eastern Nazarene women’s basketball team and completed her bachelor’s degree in history this year, graduating Magna Cum Laude. En route to her degree, she picked up a number of academic commendations. She was a two-time member of the CCC Academic All-Conference Team and was named the 2017 CCC Women’s Basketball Senior Scholar-Athlete. Additionally, she belonged to the Chi Sigma Alpha Honors Society, the Phi Alpha Theta National History Honors Society, and the Kappa Alpha Pi Pre-Law Honors Society. Fraser became very active on campus after transferring into ENC from a community college. She was a member of the ENC History Club and the SGA President’s Committee. She was also a team captain and a team representative on the ENC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). Off the court, she was the editor-in-chief of the Veritas newspaper and a volunteer as part of the i9 Youth Program. On the court she picked up All-Conference honors in her senior year as she was named to the All-CCC Second Team.
Tori McIntyre – Endicott – Women’s Volleyball
McIntyre, a nursing major, completed four years of women’s volleyball at Endicott and earned a number of accolades for her efforts on the court. She was a four-time All-CCC honoree, making the First Team in her final three seasons. She was also a two-time CCC Player of the Year, earning the award in both her junior and senior campaigns. The San Diego-native was also recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) with First Team All-Region nods and Honorable Mention All-America selections in both 2015 and 2016. Her stellar play helped her team to the Conference Tournament in all four of her seasons culminating in a CCC Championship in her final year. Off the court the 2016 team captain participated in a number of community service activities including fundraising for the Allergy and Asthma Awareness Initiative, participating in Relay for Life, participating in the athletic department toy drive, and participating in LEAD. McIntyre, who was diagnosed with type I diabetes as a child, also helped in gift procurement for the Diabetes Gala and was the team lead for Tour de Cure for the American Diabetes Association. She also had a high level of academic success as she was a named to the Dean’s List. McIntyre was also the Endicott Coaches Award winner in 2016 and 2017 and named the Endicott Female Athlete of the Year in 2017.
Bridget Quilty – Roger Williams – Women’s Basketball
Quilty was a star on the hardwood for the Hawks, helping them to a number of team accomplishments over her four years on the women’s basketball team. The 2017 CCC Player and Defensive Player of the Year, began her collegiate basketball career as part of team that earned an at-large selection into the 2014 NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship. Her teams also finished in the top-three in conference play all four years. Quilty was a major part of those teams, especially in her final two seasons. She was an All-CCC Second Team honoree in 2016 before jumping up to the First Team in 2017. She also earned Second Team All-Region recognition from the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) and D3hoops.com. She completed her Roger Williams career at No. 2 on the school’s all-time blocks list and earned RWU Female Athlete of the Year honors in 2017. The three-year member of the RWU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee also participated in a number of community service events including the RWU Career Fair, creating “Good Neighbors” turkey baskets, volunteering at the East Providence Youth Team, participating in the Bristol Youth Easter Egg Hunt, and assisting with the Herreshoff Museum clean-up.
Taylor Littlefield Langevin – University of New England – Women’s Soccer
Littlefield Langevin was a medical biology (pre-med) major with a minor in sociology, while also competing on the women’s soccer team for the Nor’easters. The four-year starter and two-year captain was extremely active in the community and on-campus. She started volunteering right away when she arrived in Biddeford. She volunteered at the Duo Duel Road Race, the Unite Against Bullying 5K Road Race, the Biddeford, Universal Soccer Program, and Cycle-4-Care. She continued her community work in her final two years working with the Travis Mills Foundation, Partners for World Health, Huot House, Biddeford Youth Soccer, and the Emergency Department at Southern Maine Health Care. She also participated in the Polar Plunge and served as the President of the UNE Military Appreciation Club. The two-time All-Conference and one-time All-Region selection also excelled academically. She was the UNE and CCC Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year in her final season and a three-time Academic All-Conference selection. She was also a 2015 CoSIDA Academic All-District choice. Finally, she was inducted into the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and Chi Alpha Sigma, while also beig named a UNE Presidential Scholar for her entire stint at the University.
Portions of this release are courtesy of the NCAA.
ABOUT THE COMMONWEALTH COAST CONFERENCE
The Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC), founded in 1984, is an NCAA Division III athletic conference comprised of ten full member and four associate member institutions throughout the New England region. Its membership aims to provide student-athletes with a positive experience in their pursuit of excellence through high academic standards, quality competition, and a meaningful student life. The conference will administer championships in 18 intercollegiate sports starting in the 2017-18 academic year.