Raquel Pederzani ’18 Named GNAC’s NCAA Woman of the Year

While her presence was felt on both the basketball court and lacrosse field, JWU student-athlete Raquel Pederzani ’18 made just as big of an impact in the classroom and community. That trifecta made her a natural choice for the Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) NCAA Woman of the Year and the league's nominee for the national award as announced by GNAC commissioner Joe Walsh.

The NCAA Woman of the Year award program honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.

"To be honored with such a distinguished award brings me excitement and appreciation," Pederzani said. "There are so many different people that I can thank for my successes; not just for making me a better player, but for making me a better individual, leader, and for developing my ability to adapt when adversity strikes. I have been challenged, but one thing I can say is hard work pays off and it's the little things when no one is watching that counts... that's true for academics, athletics, and even service."

A native of Coventry, RI, Pederzani graduated from JWU in the spring with a 3.94 grade point average in criminal justice. Read more