Two of Pine Manor's most storied softball players - and two of the greatest catchers in Great Northeast Athletic Conference history - were honored by the league at the 2010 GNAC Professional Development Seminar Thursday morning.
Sara Pray, a 2002 Pine Manor alumna, was inducted with the inaugural class of the GNAC Hall of Fame, while Courtney Wallace, a 2010 graduate, was named 2010 GNAC Woman of the Year.
Pray, four-time All-GNAC Softball selection and a two-time all-conference soccer honoree, thanked her coaches and professors for their understanding of the dedication required for excellence as a student-athlete. A catcher and feared slugger, Pray led NCAA Division III in RBI, with 66, and slugging percentage, at a robust 1.215 clip, in 2000. As captain of the 2001 GNAC Champion Gators, she led Pine Manor to its first NCAA Tournament birth. A three-time National Fastpitch Coaches Association all-region selection, she was named NFCA First Team All-Region in 2000.
Twice a First Team All-GNAC soccer goalkeeper and a three-time PMC Athlete of the Year, Pray departed Chestnut Hill as the softball program’s all-time leader in home runs (35), RBI (165), runs (156), doubles (48) and slugging (.888).
Courtney Wallace, a four-time First Team All-GNAC honoree and the valedictorian of Pine Manor's Class of 2010, earned her accolade for her excellence in athletics, academics and in her community.
One of the most prolific hitters in Pine Manor and GNAC history, Wallace was equally adept at the plate as she was in the classroom and community. As a freshman in 2007, Wallace ranked eighth in the nation in runs per game (1.31) and eleventh in slugging percentage (.879), beginning a string of eight consecutive semesters as a dean’s list student and member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Also a two-sport athlete, Wallace was twice a member of the league's cross country all-sportsmanship team and was also a peer writing tutor and a youth softball coach in her native Maine. As a senior, she finished fifth in the NCAA with a .910 slugging percentage, surpassing the 200-hit milestone and becoming the school's all-time hits leader.
Wallace is now a candidate for NCAA Woman of the Year. Ten finalists from Division III will be named by the NCAA in August. The national winner will be announced at the Woman of the Year Awards Dinner on October 17.
Thu, August 12, 2010
by Ryan McCarthy, Sports Information Director