Recent University of Mary Washington graduate Kirsten Littlefield is the Capital Athletic Conference’s nominee for 2018 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Now in its 28th year, the 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 award requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50.
A biology major with a minor in chemistry, Littlefield graduated with a 3.91 grade point average this past spring. She was named the 2018 CAC female athlete of the year, was twice chosen as UMW’s female scholar-athlete of the year and was a three-time All-American as a women’s lacrosse defender.
In the classroom, she became the sole student honors researcher in the biology department, working with a team of three professors to study a treatment for virally induced breast cancer. She was a four-year member of the CAC All-Academic Team & UMW’s Dean’s List, and a three-time President’s List recipient. She was also active in community service.
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Littlefield is the fourth Mary Washington student-athlete and second UMW women’s lacrosse player to be chosen as a CAC nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year. The 2018 Woman of the Year will be announced at an awards dinner in Indianapolis on Oct. 28.