CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - America East Commissioner Patrick Nero announced today that Binghamton University’s Dawn Lammert (volleyball/track & field), Boston University’s Emily Pallotta (soccer) and Stony Brook University’s Alyssa Struzenberg (softball) have been named finalists for the 2010 America East Woman of the Year award. The honor recognizes the conference’s senior female student-athlete who has best distinguished herself throughout her collegiate career in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service and leadership.
Lammert (Sussex, Wis.) was a team captain of the 2009 America East Volleyball Champion Bearcats and was among the conference’s leaders in blocks in each of the last three seasons. She also competed on Binghamton’s track and field team, placing fourth in the high jump at the 2009 America East Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Lammert received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude in biology with a German minor and a 3.93 grade-point average, and was named to the America East All-Academic team in 2008 and 2009. This past season she was also voted to the ESPN/CoSIDA District I Volleyball All-Academic First Team. Lammert served as a graduate student researcher since 2008, teaching undergraduate lab techniques, and received the Dr. Joseph J. Eron Undergraduate Research Grant to conduct cell culture work related to fetal alcohol syndrome. She has received several other academic honors, including the 2008 NCAA Award of Merit and induction into Chi Alpha Sigma, the National College Athlete Honor Society.
In the community, Lammert has volunteered her time both on a continuous and one-time basis in various organizations. She has served in Peer Pride with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) since 2007 and mentored with the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier since 2008. Lammert has also spent time with the Binghamton University Scholars Program and the Merton Area Running Club, coaching a middle school summer track club. Her one-time projects include Habitat for Humanity, Binghamton Flood Relief, the Susan G. Komen Dig for the Cure and a letter-writing campaign with St. Jude’s Up Till Dawn.
A two-time first-team all-conference pick and a first-team All-Region selection, Pallotta (Andover, Mass.) was a team captain for a Terrier squad which won three straight America East women’s soccer crowns. She was a member of the all-championship team in each of those three championship years and was voted as the America East Midfielder of the Year in 2009. Most recently, Pallotta was tabbed an All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Pallotta graduated summa cum laude, owning a 3.76 GPA in business administration with concentration in finance and law and a minor in history. She was the 2009 America East Scholar Athlete in women’s soccer and garnered ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America and NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-America third team recognition. In the Boston University School of Management, Pallotta was an honors program member, a Scarlet Key Society inductee, and a Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honorary Society member.
Pallota participated in many service projects, including the School of Management Dean’s Host program, SAAC and the NCAA Recertification Committee, as well as one-time projects such as holiday reading programs, blood drive registrations and The Home for Little Wanderers Teddy Bear Toss. The senior also worked as an intern at the State Street Corporation Finance and Law, writing and editing bid proposals, and as a Client Services Intern with the Boston Red Sox.
Struzenberg (Copper City, Fla.) pitched for the Seawolves softball squad and captained the team as a senior. A three-time first-team all-conference member and 2008 America East Pitcher of the Year, she led her team to the America East Championship title as a sophomore and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player that year as well as the Stony Brook Female Athlete of the Year. Struzenberg followed that up the following year by earning All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors from Louisville Slugger and the National Fastpitch Coaches’ Association (NFCA). She is now the school career leader in wins, strikeouts and shutouts.
A three-time America East All-Academic Team pick, Struzenberg was named to the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team for the second straight year this season. She graduated earlier this spring with a double major in business management and economics, registering a 3.85 GPA. Struzenberg is a member of the Society of Distinguished Scholar Athletes since 2006 and received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in 2009.
Struzenberg spent 2009 volunteering with Play It Forward, an organization with which she spent time with children undergoing cancer treatment. Throughout her four years at Stony Brook, she also spent time on the Special Olympics, National Girls and Women in Sports Day, Walk for Beauty and Thanksgiving food drives. This past season, she spent over 30 hours as a teaching assistant over the course of 16 weeks, two times a week.
The three finalists were selected from a pool of the 13 America East institutional nominations, which were announced on May 11. To be nominated, student-athletes must have completed intercollegiate eligibility in her primary sport by the end of the 2010 spring season, received her undergraduate degree prior to the conclusion of the summer 2010 term and had a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.500 (4.000 scale).
In conjunction with the changes in the nomination process for the NCAA Woman of the Year award, the America East Woman of the Year award was established for the 2005-06 athletic season. Beginning in 2006, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics (CWA) started receiving conference-designated nominees in lieu of the previous institution- and state-based nomination format.
The 2010 America East Woman of the Year will be announced on Monday, June 7 at the conference’s Annual Meetings in Lake Placid, N.Y., as well as via a news release on www.AmericaEast.com.
The America East Woman of the Year will then be forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee. The selection committee will select the top 10 winners in each NCAA division (I, II and III). From among those 30 honorees, the selection committee will determine the top three in each division. Finally, the members of the CWA will vote from among the top nine to determine the 2010 NCAA Woman of the Year.
Year-by-Year America East Woman of the Year Honorees
2009 Kristen Millar, Vermont (lacrosse)
2008 Sarah Hudak, Boston U. (field hockey)
2007 Marisa Ryan, Boston U. (cross country/track & field)
2006 Ashlee Reed, Albany (volleyball)