Eileen Flaherty, Bowdoin College

 

A study in excellence both in and out of the classroom, Eileen Flaherty represented the best that the NESCAC has to offer in her four-year collegiate career at Bowdoin College.

As a first-year, Flaherty made an immediate impact on the Polar Bears nationally-recognized women's basketball program, earning a starting spot midway through the season and earning NESCAC Co-Rookie of the Year honors. She also claimed First-Team All-Conference recognition as Bowdoin finished their season 30-1, won the NESCAC Title and finished as NCAA Tournament Runners-up.

Over the next three seasons, Flaherty was a study in consistency, leading Bowdoin in scoring and netting First-Team All-NESCAC honors each year. The Polar Bears won the NESCAC Women's Basketball Tournament every season with Flaherty and, as a senior, she became the school's all-time leading scorer.

Following her outstanding campaign, she was honored as the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III National Player of the Year, a First-Team All-WBCA All-American and NESCAC Player of the Year. In the spring, she was recognized as Bowdoin's Lucy L. Shulman Award Winner as the school's Most Outstanding Female Athlete.

But Flaherty's collegiate career was not defined by her prowess on the basketball court. A NESCAC All-Academic honoree, she was also a Sarah & James Bowdoin scholar (recognizing the top student grade-point-averages), graduating this past spring with a double-major in History and Spanish.