Out of a record 471 nominations, former Middlesex student Michaela was one of nine finalists for the 2011 NCAA Woman of the Year award. Michaela is a graduate of Bowdoin College where she was a member of both the women’s field hockey and ice hockey teams. She was one of three Division III student-athletes among the nine finalists.
The NCAA Woman of the Year Award recognizes the accomplishments of graduating athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers; in the classroom, on the playing fields and within the larger community. Michaela fully embraced all of the opportunities that Bowdoin had to offer over the course of her college career.
During her tenure at Bowdoin, Michaela helped The Polar Bear field hockey team win three NCAA and NESCAC titles as well as finish with an overall record of 69-9. In her first season, Michaela’s team finished 20-0 and won the school’s first national title in any sport. As a junior and senior, Michaela started in every game in the backfield .On the ice, she served as captain of the team and in her senior year helped The Polar Bears reach the semifinals of the NESCAC championship. For her selfless attitude and leadership, Michaela was named to the NESCAC All- Sportsmanship team for the 2010-2011season.
In May 2011, Michaela graduated with a 3.63 grade point average and with a degree in neuroscience and chemistry. When she was not on the playing fields or in the classroom, she committed herself to countless community service hours and school organizations.
The complete list of Michaela’s accolades and accomplishments are too numerous to mention. While a student at Bowdoin as well as Middlesex, she truly committed herself to each and every endeavor. To have excelled in any one of these areas would be an amazing feat in it of itself. To be recognized by the NCAA as one of nine student-athletes out of a field of 471 is a remarkable end to an outstanding educational as well as athletic career.