James Brady, Colby College
Colby men's lacrosse player James Brady was always in the middle of things as part of the Mules' defense and as an active member of the college community.
Brady led all NESCAC defensemen in total groundballs with 71 this past season and was fourth overall in groundballs behind three face-off men. He finished with 181 groundballs for his career and was one of Colby's most consistent players the past four seasons, with at least 30 groundballs in all four seasons.
Brady, a two-time captain, was instrumental in helping the Mules go from 3-10 during his first year at Colby to 10-6 in his final season. The Mules had not made the NESCAC playoffs since the 2002 season, but qualified for the league tourney the past two years under Brady's leadership as captain.
Brady earned Colby's Donald P. Lake Award, given to a member of the senior class who has shown outstanding athletic ability, leadership, and academic accomplishment. Brady was a double major at Colby in chemistry and classical civilization. He was accepted to all three graduate schools in which he applied. Brady, who was on the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team in 2010, was a Quantitative Chemistry Teaching Assistant in 2009 and 2010 and was a research assistant for a Colby chemistry professor.
Brady was the vice president of Colby's Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) in the 2008-09 academic year and also the college's male representative on the NESCAC SAAC. He was part of Colby's SAAC since 2007.
Colby's men's lacrosse team had some major fund-raisers during Brady's years as captain. The team raised more than $26,000 in the last two years for the fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis. He also aided in raising money for renovations to Waterville's local library in a bike ride from Bowdoin to Bates to Colby. The Mules also raised money for Maine's only Marine company, Alpha 125, and the squad received a Congressional Commendation for their efforts.