Northeast-10 Announces Woman of the Year Finalists

Northeast-10 Announces Woman of the Year Finalists


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May 22, 2012

South Easton, Mass. – The Northeast-10 announced the three finalists for the conference's prestigious Woman of the Year Award today. The finalists are: Erica Devito from Adelphi University, Franklin Pierce University's Amanda Panaro, and Christina Cuffari representing The College of Saint Rose.

The winner of the award will be announced at the conference's year-end banquet on Tuesday, June 5th in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

The Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) Council selects the Northeast-10 Woman of the Year Award. The winner of the award will be forwarded as the conference's nominee for the NCAA National Woman of the Year Award.

Devito recently completed her career as a member of the women's lacrosse team, which appeared in the NCAA Championships each of her four years at Adelphi, including three national titles. She has a 3.72 grade point average and is majoring in speech and language pathology.

The senior from Shoreham, N.Y. was named to the Northeast-10 Conference Women's Lacrosse First Team each of the last two years, and was also selected as the 2011 Northeast-10 Championship Most Outstanding Player.

Devito has been named to the dean's list six times during her academic career at Adelphi, and she has participated in numerous community service events and functions during her four years on campus, including Cans for Cancer and Relay for Life.

Panaro, a member of the women's soccer team, majored in mass communications and has participated in and received numerous academic and athletic awards during her time at Franklin Pierce.

She served on the school's Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and was named to the Alpha Chi National Honor Society, as well as the National College Athlete Honor Society. She was also named to the Northeast-10 Conference's Commissioner's Honor Roll and Women's Soccer All-Academic Team on numerous occasions.

The senior from Rockland, Mass. is an active member of the sports broadcasting program, and has worked in the school's admissions department, as well as volunteering her time at a number of other community-related initiatives during her time at Franklin Pierce.

Saint Rose's Cuffari was an integral part of the Golden Knights' Women's Soccer National Championship team, and was named the Northeast-10 Conference Player of the Year this past fall. She has a 3.73 GPA and is majoring in business administration at Saint Rose.

Cuffari helped lead Saint Rose to four consecutive national semifinal appearances during her playing career. She was the 2011 East Region Player of the Year, and was a two-time all region selection.

The senior from Brick, N.J. was selected as a CoSIDA / Capital One First Team Academic All American twice (2010, 2011), and was also tabbed as a First Team Scholar All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) this past fall, after being chosen as a Second Team Scholar All-American last year.

The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that are committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 6,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,500 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.