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Local roundup: Teixeira, Lawrence NCAA Woman of the Year nominees

Old Lyme's Kyra Teixeira and Adora Lawrence of the Coast Guard Academy were both selected as candidates for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. They are among 605 student-athletes from around the country vying for the honor.

The nominees represent all three NCAA divisions, including 259 nominees from Division I, 126 from Division II and 220 from Division III. Nominees competed in 24 sports, with multisport student-athletes accounting for 128 of the nominees.

The Woman of the Year selection committee, made up of representatives from the NCAA membership, will choose the top 30 honorees — 10 from each division. The Woman of the Year selection committee will determine the top three honorees in each division and announce nine finalists. The NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics then will choose the 2020 NCAA Woman of the Year, who will be named this fall.

Teixeira, a senior at Becker College, played soccer and softball. She suffered a torn ACL four games into her freshman soccer season but came back to be named the New England Collegiate Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Year as a senior in 2019. She scored 18 goals and had 44 points.

"My experiences as an athlete have influenced my life and empowered me to have a positive impact on the world by showing me that when life knocks you down time after time, that it is possible to get back up and fight," said Teixeira in a release.

Teixeira has been named All-NECC twice in her soccer career, and was recognized regionally, as she earned NEWISA Second Team All-Region honors in her senior year.  On the diamond, she had tallied three hits and an RBI in her senior softball campaign before it ended prematurely.

Lawrence, a 2020 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships this season in the 400 meters with a time of 58.19, the 15th best time in Division III this season.

"I am so honored to have been selected for this prestigious nomination from such an amazing group of women," said Lawrence. "Representing an institution and a team that has given me so much over the years is something I am truly proud of. Go track and field and forever Go Bears!"

She is an indoor All-American in the distance medley relay, as the relay placed third at the NCAA Championships last season with a school record time of 11:43.85. Lawrence ran a split of 2:16.8 in the third leg.

In other college honors:

• All six members of the Connecticut College women's swimming program who qualified for the 2020 NCAA Division III Championships earned CSCAA Scholar All-America recognition. The award recognizes students from all divisions who achieved a grade point average of a 3.50 or higher and were invited to compete at their respective national championship.

Sophomore Vaughn Ammon, junior Brynn Campbell, junior Maddie Ford,  freshman Tiernan Shea and freshman Anika Svoboda were named to the first team. Junior Andrea Higgins was a second team selection. 


• The Knights beat the Tides 1-0 on Tuesday night, as Connor Dulin and Bryce Bedard combined for the shutout. Rafi Garcia had two hits for the Knights and Sam Sabilia's RBI double accounted for the run.

• The Pirates pushed across a run in the bottom of the seventh to edge the Sonics 1-0 Monday at Washington Park. Pieter Khoury led off the bottom of the seventh with a double. Rich Cochrane came on to run, Josh Gurnack walked and Shawn Nadeau laid down a sacrifice bunt allowing Cochrane to score from second. Hunter Nadeau threw a scoreless seventh inning for the win. Kyle Richards doubled for the Sonics.


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