15 Jul Drezek Named NCAA Women of the Year Nominee
INDIANAPOLIS— UMass Lowell women’s soccer player Abigail Drezek (Cumberland, R.I.) has been nominated for the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Rooted in Title IX, the NCAA Woman of the Year Award was established in 1991 to recognize graduating female student-athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.
A key member of the backfield, the two-time team captain appeared in all eight games for the River Hawks this season. Drezek helped guide the program to four shutout victories en route to being crowned the 2021 America East Regular Season Champions, as well as a nationally ranked goals against average.
As a two-time America East All-Academic Team selection and a 2020 America East Presidential Scholar, Drezek has excelled in her academic pursuits while at UMass Lowell. Earning a 3.96 GPA as an undergrad in exercise science with a psychology minor, Drezek graduated this winter with Summa Cum Laude distinction, before enrolling in a Doctoral of Physical Therapy program. The Cumberland, R.I. native has also been tabbed to the UMass Lowell Dean’s List in each semester of her academic career, as well as twice to the America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Drezek continues to demonstrate her dedication to the River Hawk and Lowell community at large through her work with nearly a dozen organizations across the Merrimack Valley. As the UMass Lowell SAAC President, Drezek has become an advocate for student-athletes on campus on several issues such as mental health, food insecurity, diversity and inclusion, allyship and sexual assault. She has also taken her advocacy to the conference level, serving as a member of America East’s SAAC. As a SAAC Lead for UMass Lowell, Drezek has been an active participant in the conference’s annual Food Frenzy, helping to collect canned goods for local pantries.
Drezek is a team member of Hidden Opponent, where she is responsible for promoting the various mental health resources available to students on campus. She also serves as an athletic lead in allyship training, helping to promote UMass Lowell’s various campus initiatives.
Extending her service into the community, Drezek has been an active participant in the World Reading Day, the Dracut Turkey Baskets, UML Sustainability Night and Boston Dream, which empowers young women in sports. Her dedication to service earned her the 2021 Chancellor’s Medal for Student Service as well as the UMass Lowell Award of Excellence for Leadership.
After each conference nominee is notified by the NCAA, conference offices will then select their nominees for NCAA Woman of the Year. All conference-round nominees will be announced on NCAA.org in August. Conference nominations are then forwarded to the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee, which then identifies the top 10 honorees in each of the three NCAA divisions. From those 30 honorees, the selection committee then determines the nine finalists (three from each division).
The Committee on Women’s Athletics will select the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year from the nine finalists. At an award ceremony Oct. 17 in Indianapolis, the Top 30 honorees will be celebrated, and the 2021 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named.
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