News & Features

Pierce nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year Award

Fontbonne University recent graduate Mary Alice Pierce '12 has been nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year. The NCAA Woman of the Year award honors outstanding female student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, leadership and community service. 

Pierce, a standout student-athlete receiving honors upon graduation, was named Outstanding Social Work Student, given the CSJ award, was captain of the lacrosse team where she was named MVP, received the Griffin Award, and set multiple lacrosse records this past season. She was also selected to the MWLC 1st-Team All-Conference as a lacrosse midfielder, received the Most Improved Award in tennis, and she was awarded the highest athletic award at Fontbonne: the Meneve Dunham Award.

In addition to her athletic and academic honors, Pierce was also the Fontbonne In Service and Humility (FISH) President (which received Outstanding Service Organization Award), Student Athletic Advisory Counsel (SAAC) President, a volunteer during the university's Joplin service trip, worked aftercare at the St. Michael School of Clayton, and completed respite care for two different families throughout the year.

Pierce was one of 429 individuals nominated by NCAA schools throughout the nation. Each conference nominated one or two young women as their honoree. Pierce has since been selected as the Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference honoree. The conference honorees' names are sent to the Woman of the Year selection committee, which chooses the top 10 honorees in each division. These names will be announced in early September. Then the top three in each division are announced and finally, members of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics will vote from among the nine finalists to determine the 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year.

For award updates, visit the NCAA website.

 The 2012 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced during an awards dinner Sunday, Oct. 14, in Indianapolis.