York, Pa. – Marymount senior Stephanie Flood was selected by the league’s senior woman administrators as the inaugural recipient of the Capital Athletic Conference Medal of Inspiration, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.
Replacing the CAC’s Unsung Hero Award, the CAC Medal of Inspiration is awarded to persons from the conference who have persevered through extraordinary circumstances and whose determination, devotion, and passion are exemplary, revered among their peers, and worthy of special recognition.
Flood is a true story of inspiration and determination. During the fall soccer season of her freshman year in 2009, her mother passed away after a battle with ovarian cancer. Taking just a week off to return to her hometown of Westborough, Mass., she returned to Marymount and took over right where she left off. Flood closed out her freshman season as the third leading scorer for the Saints and, as a dual sport student-athlete, was named Second Team All-CAC in women’s lacrosse. She was also named Marymount’s Rookie of the Year.
“Stephanie is the hardest working student-athlete I’ve ever coached,” said women’s lacrosse head coach Jamie Reynolds. “Despite what she’s gone through, she is never down on herself and is the player on the bus with the infectious laugh that always exudes a positive, team-first attitude.”
Over the course of her career at Marymount, Flood has continued to show poise and strength despite the devastating start to her collegiate career. She was a key contributor for the women’s soccer team all four years and became the only Marymount women’s lacrosse player to earn three All-CAC honors in a career after collecting second team accolades as a freshman and junior as well first team recognition this year as a senior. She closed out her women’s lacrosse career 7th all-time at Marymount in points (127) and goals (96) as well as 4th in draw controls (136) and 8th in caused turnovers (50).
Flood also excelled in the classroom, graduating this year with a degree in English. She was named CAC All-Academic as a junior and will earn the honor again as a senior.
Also selected for the CAC Medal of Inspiration was Alex Nieves of Salisbury, a men’s lacrosse player who battled leukemia during his freshman year in 2010 only to return and suit up for the Sea Gulls two years later.
Annually, CAC institutions may nominate candidates for this honor. The Senior Woman Administrators from all Capital Athletic Conference schools will review nominations and determine recipients with the charge of bestowing this medal upon only the most deserving individuals.
In any given year, there is neither a requirement that the CAC Medal of Inspiration be awarded, nor a limit as to the number of people who may receive the medal. However, no person shall be recognized with the award more than once. Nominees for the CAC Medal of Inspiration who are not selected for recognition may only be re-nominated or reconsidered if their reason for nomination has changed.