Recent alumna now in consideration for NCAA Woman of the Year
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – Recent graduate and Plymouth State University women's lacrosse standout Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) has been named the Little East Conference (LEC) Woman of the Year. She is the first Panther to earn the conference-level distinction.
As the LEC's Woman of the Year recipient, Tingley will advance to the national ballot for NCAA Woman of the Year consideration. A record 581 individuals representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III were nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year, including 199 from Division III institutions.
The NCAA will announce the Top 30 honorees, ten from each division, from the list of conference winners in the coming weeks. The select group will be honored at a dinner on October 28 in Indianapolis, where this year's winner will be announced.
One of the most prolific scorers in Plymouth State women's lacrosse history, Tingley capped a brilliant career with a record-setting senior campaign, collecting LEC Offensive Player of the Year honors while leading the Panthers to a second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
A three-time All-LEC First Team honoree, two-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Pilgrim Region Second Teamer and the 2018 LEC Tournament Most Outstanding Player, Tingley finished her career second among the program's all-time scoring leaders with 298 points. She owns school records for assists in a game (eight – accomplished during the 2018 LEC Tournament Championship game), season (44) and career (151), as well as points in a game (11 – also reached in the 2018 LEC title contest). Her 147 career goals are the eighth most all-time, while she also finished fifth in school history with 183 career draw controls and seventh all-time with 89 career caused turnovers.
Tingley was as exceptional in the classroom as she was on the field, graduating summa cum laude in May with a degree in Early Childhood Studies with a concentration in Teacher Certification (Pre-K through 3). She was named to the LEC All-Academic Team all three years (first-year student-athletes are ineligible for the award) and made President's List in seven of eight semesters, also earning Dean's List honors in the spring of 2015. Tingley was the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Early Childhood Studies Major Award and a PSU Top 20 Senior nominee.
Additionally, Tingley has been involved in a number of service campaigns within the Plymouth community; most notably working with campus ministry to deliver Thanksgiving Day food baskets to community members, organizing team donations to the Student Support Foundation Food Pantry and mentoring elementary school students as part of the PAWWS (Positive Athletes Working with Students) program, among others.
Among the most prestigious of NCAA awards, the Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to honor graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership throughout their careers. Conference Woman of the Year recipients were first recognized in 2006. Prior to that each state selected a single nominee to be considered for the national award. Plymouth State Hall of Fame women's soccer players Traci Walker and Debra Biche were chosen as New Hampshire's representatives in 1991 and 1992, respectively.
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