Date Posted:06/18/2008,  10:30AM

Grace Moore Nominated for NCAA "Woman of the Year" Award

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Grace Moore (Groton, Mass.), a 2008 graduate of Bowdoin College and a former member of the Polar Bears' women's soccer and women's lacrosse squads, has been nominated for the 2008 NCAA Woman of the Year Award by the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). The NCAA Woman of the Year Award honors senior student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership. The award has been given annually since 1991.

A two-sport captain during her final season with the Polar Bears, Moore's defensive presence was felt on the field by Bowdoin's opponents. She was named to the Women's Soccer All-Conference Second Team as a defender in 2006 before helping the Polar Bears make their first-ever appearance in the final of the NESCAC Women's Soccer Championship in 2007. Bowdoin went on to participate in the NCAA Tournament later in the fall for the first time since 2000. Moore finished her soccer career in Brunswick having played in 64 of the Polar Bears' 65 contests, recording three goals and an assist.

As a member of the Polar Bears' women's lacrosse team, Moore was a two-time All-NESCAC First Team selection (2006, 2007) on defense and a Second Team All-American in 2007. She accumulated 24 goals and 10 assists for 34 points while scooping up 117 ground balls, recording 82 draw controls, and causing 72 turnovers in 63 career games. Bowdoin reached the final of the NESCAC Women's Lacrosse Championship for the first time in program history during Moore's sophomore campaign and advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2006.

Moore received her degree in sociology and environmental studies from Bowdoin this spring, graduating with a 3.81 grade point average. She earned NESCAC All-Academic a total of four times, twice in the fall with the women's soccer team (2006, 2007) and twice in the spring with women's lacrosse (2007, 2008). In addition, Moore was named an IWLCA Academic All-American in 2007 and again in 2008, and was recognized as a Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar in each of the last three years.

Service to the campus, local, and global communities has been an integral part of Moore's life. While at Bowdoin, she served on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for three years and was a liaison for the NESCAC SAAC during 2007-08. Moore also helped coordinate Habitat for Humanity service projects for Bowdoin athletic teams, volunteered to organize the annual Girls and Women in Sports Day sponsored by the Bowdoin athletic department, participated in the college's young alumni leadership program, and leads the Mt. Ararat High School Mentoring Program in Topsham, Maine. During January of 2007, Moore participated in an alternative winter break program, traveling to Peru to help construct a playground for impoverished children. The experience inspired her, and in the summer later that year she received a grant from the Preston Public Interest Career Fund for an internship to work on sustainable development in indigenous communities in Ecuador.

Moore was selected by a committee of conference administrators to represent the NESCAC from a field of talented student athletes that included Brittany Sasser (Belmont, Mass.) of Amherst, Kristina Miner (Suffield, Conn.) of Trinity, Cat Beck (Brookline, N.H.) of Tufts, and Marcia Whitehead (Cambridge, Mass.) of Wesleyan.

The 2008 NCAA Woman of the Year will be announced on October 19 in Indianapolis, Ind. More information on the award and a list of previous winners can be found at

~Release courtesy of the NESCAC