June 20, 2012

Lesley's Fralick named NECC Female Student-Athlete of the Year

CAMBRIDGE, MA - Lesley University soccer and softball all-star Jenna Fralick (Woburn, MA/Woburn) has been named New England Collegiate Conference Female Student-Athlete of the Year.

The award comes a result of Fralick's athletic, academic, community and leadership success and is given to the league's top graduating senior based on criteria in these fields. In her four years at Lesley, Jenna Fralick was an 11-time letter winner, amazingly leading all 11 teams she played on to the league championship game. Of the 11 NECC championship games she played in, she led her team to victory in seven of them, winning a Soccer Rookie of the Year, Softball Player of the Year and making a combined four All-NECC First Teams (three soccer, one softball) in the process.

"What a wonderful way to cap off a tremendous college career," said head women's soccer coach Paul Vasconcelos. "We couldn't be happier for Jenna and her family. Jenna will be greatly missed here at Lesley and we no doubt have a big hole to fill on the field."

Director of athletics and head softball coach Jen Benway agreed with Vasconcelos' sentiments.

"Jenna is a phenomenal athlete, but she's a great, well-rounded young woman," said Benway. "She's made her mark on the soccer and softball fields, but she's been a great addition to the community, as well. She's certainly going to be hard to replace with her athleticism, but she's also a really good person."

Fralick experienced unparalleled team and individual success as a senior. On the pitch, she led Lesley's women's soccer team to a regular season title and 9-0 finish in-league, being named All-NECC First Team, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-New England and was selected to the New England Intercollegiate Soccer Coaches Association (NEISCA) Senior Bowl. On the diamond, the third base player was a first team all-conference selection, team MVP and National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-New England Second Team after leading the Lynx to a fifth consecutive conference championship and second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.

In addition to taking on leadership roles within her championship teams and in Lesley's student-athlete community, the Woburn, MA native has been extremely active within the Greater Boston Area and beyond since her arrival on campus. She has helped instruct soccer camps and clinics in Charlestown and Dorchester, has volunteered at Cambridge's Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and helped organize her softball team's winter coat drive each of the last four Decembers. A softball and soccer co-captain and three-time softball Student-Athlete Advisory Committee representative, Jenna assisted in SAAC's 2010 Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts, driving to New Orleans in helping restore the city's public parks.

In the classroom, the dean's list student and creative writing major with minors in education and philosophy graduated cum laude.

Fralick is Lesley's second straight NECC Female Athlete of the Year, as former soccer and softball teammate Alison Durben (Stow, MA/Nashoba Valley) won the award in 2011.

Courtsey of Lesley University.

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