Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information
Maeve McNamara was a two-sport athlete at Amherst, competing on the women’s basketball and soccer teams while carrying a 3.70 GPA as a double major in biology and film and media studies.
Although she won two national championships as a basketball player and four NESCAC titles across both sports, one of McNamara’s most rewarding experiences at Amherst came while creating a film for her senior thesis working with four elderly women from a local independent living community. She was inspired through the relationships she forged with the women to extend her studies and pursue a research position at Harvard Medical School where she will join a team to investigate the role of epigenetics in aging.
On the soccer pitch, she started 61 of the 75 games she played and finished her career with 29 points (8 goals, 13 assists). The Mammoths won the NESCAC title in 2016 and advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2018. On the court, she played in over 100 games as a guard on the women’s basketball team, including starting 23 of 28 games as a senior. She helped the Mammoths win two national championships and three NESCAC titles.
Outside of her athletic achievements, McNamara was a student leader on campus through various admissions and educational policy committees. She was a senator in the Amherst Association of Students, served on three different committees related to admissions, financial aid, educational policy, and athletics. She also served as a committee member for the Amherst Faculty/Staff Sexual Respect Task Force and held roles as a research assistant and a teaching assistant.
McNamara was a six-time NESCAC All-Academic honoree, earning the honor each year she was eligible in both basketball and soccer. She was honored with the Amherst Leads Distinguished Captain Award and the Peter Gooding Award for her efforts in soccer. She also earned the Edward Spugnardi Award, which is presented to the student who, through the qualities of sportsmanship and dedication, has made Amherst a more enjoyable place as a student and an athlete.