PAWTUCKET, R.I. – The Little East Conference (LEC) has named recent Plymouth State University graduate Megan Tingley (Natick, Mass.) its 2018 Woman of the Year in recognition of her outstanding achievements on the field, in the classroom and in the community. She is the first Panther to be named LEC Woman of the Year.
As the LEC's Woman of the Year recipient, Tingley will advance to the national ballot for NCAA Woman of the Year consideration. A record 581 individuals representing NCAA Divisions I, II and III were nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year, including 199 from Division III institutions.
The NCAA will announce the Top 30 honorees from the list on conference winners in the coming weeks. The top 10 honorees from each division, including the nine overall finalists, will be honored at a dinner on October 28 in Indianapolis, where this year's NCAA Woman of the Year winner will be announced.
On the field, the 2018 LEC Women's Lacrosse Player of the Year was a three-time First Team All-LEC selection and two-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-Region honoree. She led the Panthers to back-to-back LEC tournament championships (2017-18), and was named the 2018 LEC Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Tingley finished her career second among the program's all-time scoring leaders with 298 points. She owns school records for assists in a game (eight – accomplished during the 2018 LEC Tournament Championship game), season (44) and career (151), as well as points in a game (11 – also reached in the 2018 LEC title contest). Her 147 career goals are the eighth most all-time, while she also finished fifth in school history with 183 career draw controls and seventh all-time with 89 career caused turnovers.
Tingley was as exceptional in the classroom as she was on the field, graduating summa cum laude in May with a degree in Early Childhood Studies with a concentration in Teacher Certification (Pre-K through 3). She was named to the LEC All-Academic Team all three years (first-year student-athletes are ineligible for the award) and made President's List in seven of eight semesters, also earning Dean's List honors in the spring of 2015. Tingley was the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Early Childhood Studies Major Award and a PSU Top 20 Senior nominee.
Additionally, Tingley has been involved in a number of service campaigns within the Plymouth community; most notably working with campus ministry to deliver Thanksgiving Day food baskets to community members, organizing team donations to the Student Support Foundation Food Pantry and mentoring elementary school students as part of the PAWWS (Positive Athletes Working with Students) program, among others.
Among the most prestigious of NCAA honors, the Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to honor graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership throughout their careers. Conference Woman of the Year recipients were first recognized in 2006 following a change in the selection process, which determined winners state from 1991-2005.