Kirsten Dier, Amherst College
Kirsten Dier graduated in 2010 as one of the most accomplished student-athletes in Amherst history. After being named one of seven finalists for the 2010 Hockey Humanitarian Award, which honors college hockey's finest citizen, Dier led Amherst to a second consecutive NCAA title as a captain. In each of the Lord Jeffs two national championship years, Dier was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
Dier earned a spot on the NESCAC's All-Conference Team three times and on the All-Academic Team twice, also leading the Jeffs to the conference title in 2007, 2008 and 2010. As one of the nation's top defensemen, Dier helped Amherst post an 87-18-11 overall record and 50-4-10 conference mark in her four years, tallying 20 goals and 53 assists for 73 career points.
Off the ice, Dier was even more impressive. While earning a 3.9 GPA in neuroscience, Dier became one of only two athletes in the Amherst Class of 2010 who was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. During the summer between her national championship seasons, Dier volunteered her time in West Africa as a medical assistant. In addition to taking vitals, administering immunizations and performing procedures under physician supervision, she helped build a new foundation and roof for a school classroom. She has already been accepted to one of the top physician assistant programs in the country at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse/Gundersen/Mayo Clinic.
Dier has also served as a soup kitchen volunteer, worked with Habitat for Humanity on five occasions, and helped with Amherst's annual Change for Change drive, which raises funds for local charities. During her junior year she was honored with Amherst's Samuel Walley Brown scholarship, awarded to the junior who ranks highest in the class in scholarship, character, leadership and athletic ability.