Athletes at the Academy Honored for Success on the Playing Field

Athletes at the Academy Honored for Success on the Playing Field

Student athletes at the Academy of Notre Dame (NDA) were recognized for their successful sports season in two different events.

On May 29, the Academy’s Middle School recognized all athletes in grades 5-8 and honored individuals for their outstanding performances.

The following athletes received individual recognition:

GIRL’S SOCCER 
Outstanding Player Award: Haley Abraham (West Townsend)

Maximum Effort Award: Olivia Nestor (Chelmsford)

Most Improved Player: Katherine Duanmu (Nashua, NH)

BOY’S SOCCER

Most Valuable Player: Ricky Walent (Dunstable)

Coach’s Award: Charlie Beauregard (Lowell)
Maximum Effort Award: Michael Kelleher (Lowell)
Most Improved Player: Ryan Murray (Tyngsboro)

 

VARSITY VOLLEYBALL

Clutch Player Award: Kira Massabni (North Billerica)

Coach’s Award: Bella Dickinson (Groton)

Most Improved Player: Riley Doyle (Pepperell)

Team Spirit Award: Carley Sheedy (Pepperell)

 

JR. VARSITY VOLLEYBALL

Most Valuable Player: Akira Sopheap (North Chelmsford)

Rookie of the Year: Elizabeth McKnelly (Littleton)

Sportsmanship Award: Anya Downing (Lowell)

 

GIRL’S CROSS COUNTRY

Co-Most Valuable Player: Molly Shanahan (Dunstable)

Co-Most Valuable Player: Sophia Cannata (Littleton)

Coach’s Award: Natalie Foy (Amherst, NH)
Most Improved Player: Maanya Tailam (Nashua, NH)

 

BOY’S CROSS COUNTRY

Most Valuable Player: Ishan Suman (Hudson, NH)

Most Valuable Player: Ben Faletra (Lowell)

Coach’s Award: Luke Faletra (Lowell)

 

GIRL’S VARSITY BASKETBALL

Defensive Player of the Year: Rachel Korwan (Westford)

Coach’s Award: Farida Elghamrawy (Nashua, NH)

Maximum Effort Award: Sydney Pho (Nashua, NH)

Most Improved Player: Molly Shanahan (Dunstable)

 

GIRL’S JR. VARSITY BASKETBALL

Defensive Player of the Year: Katherine Panas (Dracut)

Coach’s Award: Vidhi Patel (Dracut)

Most Improved Player: Grace Slocumb (Shirley)

 

BOY’S VARSITY BASKETBALL

Rookie of the Year: Cooper Granville (Dunstable)

Maximum Effort Award: Ishan Suman (Hudson, NH)

Most Improved Award: Michael Kelleher (Lowell)

 

BOY’S JR. VARSITY BASKETBALL

Most Outstanding Player: Matthew Chau (Lowell)

Rookie of the Year: Jelani Nsilo-Swai (North Chelmsford)

Most Improved Player: Thomas Collins (Tyngsboro)

 

SOFTBALL

Coach’s Award: Yesenia Collins (Tyngsboro)

Utility Award: Haley Abraham (West Townsend)

Silver Slugger Award: Jaqueline Martineau (Merrimack, NH)

 

BASEBALL

Defensive Player of the Year: Charlie Beauregard (Lowell)

Coach’s Award: Joe Farina (Chelmsford)

Coach’s Award: Thomas Collins (Tyngsboro)

Most Improved Award: Michael Kelleher (Lowell)

 

TENNIS

Coach’s Award: Jacob Elshama (Westford)

Most Dedicated: Sophia Sears (Bedford)

 

TRACK & FIELD

Co-Most Valuable Player: Katie Carnevale (Westford)

Co-Most Valuable Player: Sydney Pho (Nashua, NH)

Coach’s Award: Erin Reagan (Pepperell)

Most Improved Player: Mya Shanahan (Dunstable)

Most Valuable Player: Ishan Suman (Hudson, NH)

Coach’s Award: Tyler Murray (Tyngsboro)

Coach’s Award: Jelani Nsilo-Swai (North Chelmsford)

 

On June 7, the Upper School held their annual Sports Awards Banquet, supported by the Upper School parents’ group, Friends of NDA (FoNDA), to recognize all the student athlete achievements in grades 9-12. They were honored for not only their talent on the fields and courts, but also for their dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship.

 

The Rachel Anne Morrison Scholar Athlete Award was presented to Elena Murguia of Hollis, NH, who was a dependable member of the volleyball, basketball, softball, and tennis teams. This year, Murguia was named a CAC Volleyball All-Star. In the fall, she will attend Cornell University.

 

Caitlin Ryan of Groton was the recipient of the Alumnae Athletic Award. She was named an MVC Swimming All-Star this year and will be attending Endicott College.

 

The recipient of the Sr. Kathryn Lawrence McGuiggan, SND Distinguished Athlete was Natalie Kelleher of Lowell, who was an accomplished member of the soccer, basketball and softball teams. During her time at the Academy, Kelleher has received honors as Soccer Most Valuable Defensive Player, Basketball Coach’s Award, Softball Rookie of the Year, and Softball Most Valuable Player. She was named a two-time CAC Soccer All-Star, two-time CAC Softball All-Star, and three-time CAC Basketball All-Star. This fall, Kelleher will attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

 

Bridget Ryan of Groton was recognized with the Comeback Athlete Award. She was a member of the basketball team and served as captain of the soccer and tennis teams. This year, she was named a CAC Soccer All-Star. In the fall, B. Ryan will attend Stonehill College.

 

C. Ryan was also recognized as a 14-season athlete.

 

Five students were recognized as 12-season athletes. Among those students were Victoria Bradley of Dracut, Kelleher, Murguia, B. Ryan, and Jillian Wright of Nashua, NH.

 

Jacqueline DeNisco of Medford was recognized as an 11-season athlete.

 

Accolades for Most Valuable, Most Improved, Sportsmanship, and Coach’s Award for each of the athletic teams were as follows:

 

SWIMMING & DIVING

Most Valuable Swimmer: Caitlin Ryan (Groton)

Most Improved Swimmer: Danielle Wuerdeman (Hollis, NH)

Coach’s Award: Kendall Froment (Nashua, NH)

MIAA Sportsmanship Award: Nora Leach (Groton)

          

SOCCER

Most Valuable Offensive Player: Annika Hanson (Billerica)

Most Valuable Defensive Player: Natalie Kelleher (Lowell)

Most Improved Player: Erin Kunze (Chelmsford)

Coach’s Award: Bridget Ryan (Groton)

MIAA Sportsmanship Award: Ashley Tovar (Billerica)

 

VARSITY VOLLEYBALL

Most Valuable Player: Madeline Walent (Dunstable)

Most Improved Player: Elena Murguia (Hollis, NH)

Coach’s Award: Angela Tarantino (Pepperell)

MIAA Sportsmanship Award: Julie Getchell (Methuen)                      

 

JR. VARSITY VOLLEYBALL

Most Valuable Player: Maya Hardy (Billerica)

Most Improved Player: Stephanie Bradley (Dracut)

Coach’s Award: Isabelle Hallisey (Pepperell)

 

CROSS COUNTRY

Most Valuable Runner: Annabelle Fandozzi (Merrimack, NH)

Most Improved Runner: Kate Conrad (Windham, NH)

Coach’s Award: Ishani Patel (Dracut)

MIAA Sportsmanship Award: Victoria Bradley (Dracut)

 

VARSITY BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Player: Natalie Kelleher (Lowell)

Most Improved Player: Caitlin Ryan (Groton)

Coach’s Award: Bridget Ryan (Groton)         

MIAA Sportsmanship Award: Victoria Bradley (Dracut)

 

JR. VARSITY BASKETBALL

Most Valuable Offensive Player: Sophia Jean (Nashua, NH)

Most Valuable Defensive Player: Ashley Tovar (Billerica)

Most Improved Player: Katharine McNamee (Lowell)

 

INDOOR TRACK

Most Valuable Performer: Rachel Deshaies (Tyngsboro)          

Most Improved Performer: Catherine Johnson (Pelham, NH)

Coach’s Award: Katherine Vieira (Billerica)

MIAA Sportsmanship Award: Isabelle Hallisey (Pepperell)

 

VARSITY SOFTBALL

Most Valuable Player: Natalie Kelleher (Lowell)

Rookie of the Year: Stephanie Bradley (Dracut)

Coach’s Award: Christina Tsillas (Littleton)

MIAA Sportsmanship Award: Jillian Wright (Nashua, NH)

 

TENNIS

Kelly A. (McCarthy) Del Greco Most Valuable Player Award: Sarah Houston (Nashua, NH)

Most Improved Player: Hannah McLeod (Tewksbury)

Coach’s Award: Annika Hanson (Billerica)

MIAA Sportsmanship: Elena Murguia (Hollis, NH)

 

TRACK & FIELD

Co-Most Valuable Performer: Emily Aho (Pelham, NH)

Co-Most Valuable Performer: Charli Aldana-Proulx (Brookline, NH)

Most Improved Performer: Sophia Jean (Nashua, NH)

Coach’s Award: Caitlin Ryan (Groton)

MIAA Sportsmanship: Madeline Walent (Dunstable)