Tarasai Karega, Amherst College

Very few athletes on any level get to go out on top, and that’s exactly what Amherst College graduate Tarasai Karega did. The speedy and skilled women’s ice hockey forward helped the Lord Jeffs take home their program’s first NCAA Division III National Championship in her final game in the purple and white.

On the ice, Karega was part of Amherst’s winningest class, amassing a 74-31-7 record over four seasons. After going 10-15 during her rookie season, Karega and the Lord Jeffs posted back-to-back 20-win seasons, before going 24-5-0 this season. During her career, Amherst went undefeated against NESCAC opponents for an amazing 50-game stretch (43-0-7).

Karega finished her career with 61 goals and 51 assists for 112 points, while consistently ranking in the NESCAC’s top-ten in most offensive categories. During a break-out sophomore season, Karega earned First-Team All-NESCAC honors after leading the conference in goals (20), game-winning goals (8), and power-play goals (8). Her eight game-winners led the nation in 2006-07 as well.

In the classroom, Karega was twice named to the NESCAC All-Academic Winter ranks, graduating with a 3.43 grade-point-average as a double-major in Black Studies and Sociology. Karega is currently in Alaska working at hockey camps, but will be moving to New York City this summer before applying to sport management graduate programs for next fall.