Saint Joseph’s Dunn named GNAC Woman of Year

Posted July 05, 2011, at 8:59 p.m.

Alyssa Dunn of Saint Joseph’s College in Standish has been selected as the 2011 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Woman of the Year.

Dunn, a senior from Standish, is a two-sport athlete who is enrolled in the pre-medicine program at Saint Joseph’s. She was a four-year starter in softball and field hockey for the Monks.

Dunn is now a candidate for the NCAA Woman of the Year award which, according to the NCAA, “honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership.”

The top 10 finalists from Division III will be announced in August and the national winner recognized in the fall.

“I have been extremely blessed with experiences in the classroom, on the athletic fields and throughout the communities that have transformed me into the individual I am today,” Dunn said in a press release. “I attributed most of who I’ve become to my experiences on the athletic fields (where I have) garnered principles of integrity and sportsmanship from gratifying victories and humbling losses alike.”

Last spring, Dunn became the school’s first softball academic all-american (3.84 grade point average) while leading Saint Joseph’s to the GNAC title and the program’s first berth in the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

Dunn batted .384 with six home runs, 34 runs batted in, 11 doubles and 28 runs scored on her way to all-league, first-team honors.

She also excelled as a defender in field hockey and was a first-team All-North Atlantic Conference pick in 2010 after posting two goals, six assists and five saves.

Dunn also participated in many campus and community activities as a volunteer.

SMSB camp to offer free meals

Roosevelt Boone, the program director for Strong Mind-Strong Body Inc., has announced its inaugural Wellness and Nutrition Summer Youth Camp will offer free meals.

The camp, scheduled July 11-15 at the University of Maine in Orono, will feature numerous sports activities along with a wellness and nutrition component. It is open to youngsters ages 10-17 whose parents meet Department of Health and Human Services income guidelines.

Strong Mind-Strong Body is offering meals to eligible children through the Summer Food Service Program administered by the United States Department of Agriculture. Qualifying youngsters who attend the camp will receive meals at 9 a.m. and noon.

The children must meet income guidelines for reduced-price meals in the National School Lunch Program. Children who are from households that receive Food Stamps or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families are automatically eligible to receive free meals.

For more information on the SMSB Wellness and Nutrition Summer Camp, contact Boone at 202-375-8033 or via e-mail at r.boone36@yahoo.com(.)

Ryder new UNE field hockey coach

Danielle Ryder has been hired as the head field hockey coach at the University of New England in Biddeford, interim athletic director Curt Smyth announced Tuesday.

Ryder replaces Jane Hurt, who resigned from the position in May.

Ryder, a native of Gloucester, Mass., arrives at UNE after spending last season as an assistant at the University of Vermont. She also worked two seasons at Tufts University.

She is a 2008 graduate of Stonehill College where she studied psychology and was a goalkeeper for the Skyhawks. Ryder earned a master’s degree in child development from Tufts.

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