Nominees Announced for the 2018-19 North Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year

The North Atlantic Conference (NAC) proudly announces the nominees for the 2019 Woman of the Year award. Seven female student athletes were nominated for the prestigious award which encompasses all facets of the NCAA Division III student athlete experience. 

Both the NAC Man of the Year and NAC Woman of the Year awards are modeled after the NCAA's Woman of the Year program which honors graduating student athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletic excellence, service, and leadership.

The NAC Man and Woman of the Year award winners will be announced July 17 and 18, respectively, and will be honored on their campuses during the 2019-20 academic year.

The NAC Woman of the Year will be considered for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The NCAA Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the Top 30 national honorees — 10 from each division.

The selection committee will then determine the top three honorees in each division from the Top 30, and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year.

The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated, and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named, at the annual award ceremony on October 20 in Indianapolis.

Click here to view all 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year nominees.


NAC Woman of the Year Nominees:


Mikayla Churchill (Presque Isle, Maine) - UMaine-Presque Isle, Women's Soccer

A Business Administration major with a 3.88 GPA, Mikayla Churchill achieved Dean's List honors all eight semesters of enrollment at UMaine-Presque Isle. A captain of the women's soccer team in her final season, Churchill started 58 out of 60 games over a four-year career, missing only one weekend of back-to-back games due to injury. She was selected to the 2018 NAC Women's Soccer Sportsmanship Team, reserved for student athletes who consistently display integrity on and off the field, and she also earned a spot on the NAC All-Academic Team this year. Notably, Churchill received the 2019 Al Arman "Make a Difference" Award in recognition of her dedication and outstanding attitude. She also devoted time to Special Olympics, represented her team on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and participated in Operation Christmas Child throughout her time in Presque Isle.


Miranda McIntire (Alna, Maine) - Maine Maritime Academy, Women's Soccer

Maine Maritime Academy women's soccer captain Miranda McIntire recently graduated with a bachelor's degree in International Business and Logistics with a near-perfect 3.96 GPA. Along the way, she earned Dean's List and President's List academic honors and scholarships, as well as NAC All-Academic Team honors. She capped a stellar career at MMA with the Female Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year award, the Captain Edward Conrad Award for Excellence in History, the MMA Parents Association Award for Excellence in Field of Study, and she was a nominee for the 2019 Maine Maritime Student Employee of the Year. A four-year soccer player, McIntire captained her squad as a junior and senior, earning NAC Second Team All-Conference honors for herself and leading the team to the final four in 2018. Throughout her time in Castine, she volunteered at a Special Olympics Bocce Tournament on campus, worked as a peer tutor, represented her team on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and on the Title IX Advisory Committee, and participated in the InCommand Leadership Program.

Peyton Robinson (Bloomfield, New York) - SUNY Canton, Women's Volleyball

Peyton Robinson graduated with a perfect 4.0 GPA in the Criminal Investigations program, and also earned a minor in Homeland Security. She became the first SUNY Canton student athlete to earn Google Cloud/CoSIDA Academic All-America honors (third team), after earning First Team All-District honors. She was named the 2018 NAC Senior Scholar Athlete for women's volleyball and earned a spot on the fall NAC All-Academic Team. A First Team All-Conference selection, she helped her team advance to the 2018 NAC Championship match, and graduates as the leader in single-season (1,310) and career assists (4,116) for SUNY Canton in the Division III era. Additionally, Robinson was recognized with the SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence and and was the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) Setter of the Year in 2017.

Abby Salvadore (Portsmouth, New Hampshire) - Northern Vermont-Lyndon, Women's Basketball and Track & Field

Abby Salvadore achieved a rare feat of earning Senior Scholar Athlete honors two years in a row (2018 and 2019). She earned a bachelor's degree in Mathematics in 2018 and then returned to NVU-Lyndon for a fifth year and second bachelor's degree, this time in Exercise Science. She graduated with a 3.99 GPA and was regularly named to the President's List. She was selected to the NAC All-Academic Team for four years, and received the Lyndon Green & Gold Award, recognizing the female student athlete with the highest GPA, for the past three years. Salvadore was the recipient of the NVU-Lyndon Alumni Council Award for the Outstanding Senior in the graduating class.  She also received the Lyndon Exercise Science Department Academic Excellence Award, the Lyndon Exercise Science Department Outstanding Senior Award, the NVU-Lyndon Arthur B. Elliott Award, and the Lyndon Mathematics Department Outstanding Senior Award.  Impressively, she has been published in Applied Stochastic Models in Business and Industry. Salvadore was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, serving as the representative to the Student Government Association. She was also a member of the Sports Medicine Club, a student coach in the Exercise Science Department's strength and conditioning program, and a volunteer with Special Olympics. Salvadore was a three-year member of Lyndon's track & field team and also played basketball for two seasons. She is the 2019 NAC Champion in javelin, and finished fifth in javelin at the 2019 NCAA Division III New England Regional Championships.


Andrea Stemm (Gorham, Maine) - UMaine-Farmington, Field Hockey

UMaine-Farmington field hockey captain Andrea Stemm started 55 career games for the Beavers and was part of the 2016 NAC Championship squad where she was named to the All-Tournament Team. In her career at midfield, she scored 8 goals and had 17 assists. In her senior season, she was named First Team All-Conference. A Biology major with a minor in Health and Medicine, Stemm earned NAC All-Academic Team honors for three years. Additionally, she volunteered for the UMF Step UP! program that provides bystander intervention training to students and works toward a safe and welcoming campus culture. She also served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee where she coordinated the UMF Athletics Food Drive for four years.

Katie Taylor (Lebanon, Maine) - Thomas College, Softball

Thomas College dual-sport standout Katie Taylor recently graduated with a 3.99 GPA and a bachelor's degree in Political Science. Taylor captained the Terrier's field hockey team for three years, and the softball team for two. She earned NAC weekly recognition, All-Conference honors, and earned conference championships in each sport (softball 2017, field hockey 2018). She was also selected to the NAC Sportsmanship Team for both sports, twice for softball. Taylor was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and an officer for the Law & Policy Club and Alphi Chi honor society. She served the Thomas community in a number of ways, including as a Peer Mentor, SALT Ambassador, Student Ambassador, and a Peer Tutor in several subjects. In her final year, Taylor was selected as the NAC Softball Senior Scholar Athlete, earned the Thomas Award for exemplifying scholarship and leadership, and was elected by her peers to speak at the 2019 Thomas College Commencement.  

Kenzie Worcester (Washburn, Maine) - Husson University, Women's Basketball

Mackenzie Worcester won four NAC Women's Basketball Championships at Husson University, and was named the Tournament MVP each time. She was named the 2019 NAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year and racked up dozens of weekly and seasonal honors from the NAC, NEWBA, MWBCA, and She represented Husson and the NAC at the 2019 NEWBA Senior All-Star Classic and finished her career with the second-most points in Eagles program history (1869). Worcester graduated in May with a 3.7 GPA in Physical Therapy and will continue in the Physical Therapy Doctoral program at Husson in the fall. She volunteered at several physical therapy clinics throughout her studies, and also served as a youth sports referee, coach, and mentor in the Husson community as well as her hometown of Washburn, Maine.


Allison Granata served as a captain on both the women's cross country team and the women's lacrosse team. She was and all-conference selection in both sports and saw her team claim NAC Runner-Up honors in lacrosse this past season, while earning herself Player of the Year as a senior and Rookie of the Year in 2014. She studied Kinesiology and Business Administration and was recently named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District At-Large Teams. She was tabbed the 2017 NAC Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year and as the NEC Female Senior Scholar Athlete Award Winner and was named to the NAC All-Academic Fall and Spring Teams. She served on the NEC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, as an athletic department intern, and as a massage and fitness intern. She has worked on several community service events including the Special Olympics floor hockey tournament, "Out of the Darkness Walk," Yards for Yeardley, It's On Us Campaign, and on the Haunted Trail to support breast cancer research.