Somerset, NJ -- Mount St. Mary’s Naomi Campano (Schnecksville, PA/Allentown Central Catholic), a dual-sport athlete in women’s lacrosse and soccer, is the recipient of the 2004 Northeast Conference Student-Athlete of the Year award as voted on by the members of the NEC Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). The award is based on a combination of academics, athletics, community service and a personal statement by each of the nominees.
"This award is the highest academic achievement a student-athlete can reach," said Harold P. Menninger, Mount St. Mary’s Director of Athletics. "Naomi has worked hard for this honor and we are extremely proud of her for reaching this premier goal."
Campano, a recent graduate who was named 2004 NEC Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year, immersed herself in a wide variety of campus related activities in her four years at Mount St. Mary’s. She served as President of the George Henry Miles Honor Program, Vice President of the International Affairs Organization, President of the 2003 European Council at the Mid-Atlantic European Union Simulation Consortium and was a member of the Senior Class Honors Council. She also held positions on the school’s SAAC and Campus Activity Board, and was a volunteer for the Mount 2000 & Beyond Retreat.
Among Campano’s numerous community service initiatives were organizing and directing a campus-wide winter clothing drive, and serving as a volunteer at the East Side Youth Center in Allentown, PA and as a youth soccer coach.
A Political Science major who graduated with a near-perfect 3.98 grade point average, Campano also minored in History, Philosophy and Legal Studies. She was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America District II team for soccer in 2003 and earned an at-large District II honor for her lacrosse performance in 2004. Campano, who has been awarded a Delta Epsilon Sigma Post-Graduate Fellowship, held membership in the Delta Epsilon Sigma, Pi Sigma Alpha and Phi Alpha Theta Honor Societies as an undergraduate. In 2001, she was the recipient of the Msgr. Hugh J. Phillips Prize for having the highest grade point average in the Mount St. Mary’s freshman class. Last year, she received the Dr. Henry P. and M. Page Loughlin Prize for outstanding scholarship and exemplary qualities of academic leadership.
Though a four-year starter on the women’s soccer team, it is in the sport of lacrosse where Campano left her mark at Mount St. Mary’s. She was tabbed NEC Player of the Year and NEC Tournament Most Valuable Player after leading the Mountaineers to their first conference regular season and tournament titles in 2004. Campano led the league and ranked third nationally in save percentage (.562) and finished second in the NEC in saves per game (11.25) and third in goals against average (9.07). Her strong play between the pipes also catapulted Mount St. Mary’s to a 12-7 win over Manhattan in an NCAA Play-In match and the program’s first berth in the NCAA Tournament. A two-time all-league performer, she concluded her career as the Mount’s all-time leader in saves (595), minutes (3,288) and wins (31).
"It is great that Naomi has been recognized for her hard work on and off the field," said Courtney Martinez-Connor, Mount Women’s Lacrosse Head Coach. "This is a great accomplishment for the Mount and its student-athlete