COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's basketball May graduate Emily Ferreri (Hyde Park, N.Y./Our Lady of Lourdes) has been named one of three finalists for Northeast-10 Conference Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced on Tuesday. The winner will be announced at the NE10's annual year-end banquet next Monday in Springfield, Mass.
Ferreri joins Le Moyne College women's lacrosse player Bryanna Fazio and Merrimack College field hockey player Delaney Yule as finalists for the accolade, with each NE10 institution putting forth one candidate for consideration. To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must be in their final year of athletic eligibility, graduating this spring or in a master's program, and have a minimum 3.30 cumulative grade-point average.
"It seems almost impossible to articulate what Emily has contributed both as a member of the women's basketball team as well as a four-year member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), most recently serving as secretary on the executive board," said women's basketball head coach and SAAC adviser Shannon Bollhardt. "As a member of the women's basketball team, she has contributed on the court since the minute she stepped foot on campus. She has an impeccable work ethic, strives for perfection and holds those around her accountable. As a senior captain Emily was hands down one of, if not the best leader and most well-rounded student-athletes to come through our program. She's respected by her teammates, coaches and just about anyone she comes into contact with due to her high level of maturity, commitment and integrity."
A standout on the court and in the classroom, having graduated with a 4.0 GPA, Ferreri was named one of three valedictorians of the senior class during Saint Michael's College's Commencement while also landing the Katherine Fairbanks Memorial Award, which honors a graduating woman "demonstrating commitment and achievement related to the intellectual, spiritual, moral and social values of Saint Michael's College." During the College's Senior Awards Banquet, she earned the Department of Athletics' oldest annual honor, the Roger F. Keleher '15 Award, as the top female scholar-athlete in the senior class.
Ferreri was a two-time Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-America selection, claiming a position on the first team this year. She was named both Google Cloud NCAA Division II Academic All-District 1 and NE10 Academic All-Conference each of the past three years. While majoring in biology and minoring in chemistry, psychology and religious studies, Ferreri has landed on the NE10 Commissioner's Honor Roll every semester while twice claiming a Division 2 Athletics Directors Association (D2 ADA) Academic Achievement Award. She was the lone student on Saint Michael's College's Presidential Search Committee last year.
Ferreri turned in career highs this year in scoring (12.9), rebounding (6.3), offensive rebounding (2.2), assists (3.7), minutes (33.2), three-point shooting (33.8%) and three-pointers (24). The 5-foot-8 guard matched her best in shooting (41.6%) while adding 1.8 steals and 11 blocks. She was eighth in the NE10 in assists, ninth in steals, 17th in offensive rebounding, 18th in rebounding and tied for 18th in scoring. The second-year captain is the only player in program history - and only the third man or woman at Saint Michael's - with 850 points (913), 400 rebounds (449), 250 assists (269), 150 steals (173) and 40 blocks (46) in a career, having played 103 games.
Bollhardt noted that Ferreri also took the lead for the women's basketball program on many community and campus service activities, such as the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, Sisters in Sports work with the Winooski Middle School girls' basketball team, Easter baskets for the Committee on Temporary Shelter (COTS), and work with Special Olympics.