Shavonne Lord, Bowdoin College
An outstanding athlete in vastly different disciplines,
Shavonne Lord was a two-sport captain and helped
one Bowdoin team win the school's first national championship and
aided another's rise to national prominence.
A three-year starter on the Bowdoin field hockey team, Lord was a critical member on Bowdoin's back-to-back NCAA Division III Championship teams in 2007 and 2008, including a goal in the 2008 title game. An All-NESCAC shortstop for the Polar Bear softball team in the spring, Lord was an All-NESCAC performer and finished among the top five in virtually every offensive category for her career, including a school-record 95 runs scored.
As a senior captain in softball in 2010, she helped lead the Polar Bears to their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance and, on the day of the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament game, commuted back to campus from Boston following the game to present her honors project in Psychology during finals week. Only to turn around and play again the following day, reaching base three times and scoring four runs in Bowdoin's first-ever NCAA victory.
"It did not surprise me that Shavonne played great," said softball coach Ryan Sullivan. "She is a very talented athlete and one thing that our student-athletes learn very early at Bowdoin is how to balance and manage their time, energy, responsibilities, and efforts."
Lord also earned Academic All-NESCAC and National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic All-American honors during her career. Additionally, Lord was awarded the school's Anne L.E. Dane Award, recognizing Outstanding Female Leadership.
"Her passion and sincere commitment is contagious," recalled field hockey coach Nicky Pearson. "She was a wonderful leader in every aspect, whether it was her inspiring work ethic or the effort she made on a daily basis to connect with every individual on the team."