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Hounds Ali Reyell Earns N.C.A.A. Postgraduate Scholarship

May 15, 2005

WORCESTER, Mass. --- Senior sweeperback ALI REYELL (Worcester, MA/Doherty), who earlier in the year had been named the first N.S.C.A.A.-Adidas coaches first-team all-America in Assumption College women's soccer history, is now the first to receive an N.C.A.A. Post-Graduate Scholarship.

Reyell, the 'heart-and-soul' captain (2003 and 2004) and leader of the team, was the major part of the No. 1 defensive team in the Northeast-10 Conference. She earned first-team all-conference honors in 2004 and 2003 and was a second team all-New England selection in 2003. She was also the Defender-of-the-Year in the conference and was also a second-team CoSIDA academic all-region performer.

She has earned one of 58 postgraduate scholarships of $7,500 as sponsored by the N.C.A.A. She owns a grade point average of 3.91 as a double Psychology and Spanish major (with minor in Education). She is the TENTH Greyhound to have earned the scholarship grant---and the fourth in four years!

To qualify for an postgraduate scholarship, a student-athlete must have an overall GPA of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) or its equivalent and must have performed with distinction as a member of the varsity team in the sport in which the student athlete was nominated. The student-athlete must have behaved, both on and off the field, in a manner that has brought credit to the student-athlete, the institution and intercollegiate athletics. The student-athlete also must intend to continue work beyond the baccalaureate degree as a full-time or part-time graduate student.

Her immediate goal is to obtain her Initial Licensure and Master's Degree in Elementary Education at Worcester State College.

"A teacher has a direct impact on the lives of today's youth, helping them to learn and succeed in an increasingly demanding world," said Reyell. "I also hope that this career will enable me to be involved with students outside of the classroom as a coach, the leader of an extra-curricular activity, or a volunteer. I strongly value the teaching profession and am passionate about its ability to make difference in the lives of children."

Off-the-field Reyell has been involved in numerous volunteer activities including: coaching an under-12 Worcester youth soccer team; initiating and organizing annual "Kids on Campus Day" which brings inner-city children on campus for a day; organizing and fund raising for "Coats for Kids" project; organizing and fund raising for Thanksgiving dinners; volunteering at Kid's Cafe in an after-school program at the Worcester Boys and Girls Club; and volunteering in Special Olympics. She also volunteered as a reader to a classroom at the Belmont Community School.

Reyell is the President of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the head tutor of the Assumption College Tutor Program.

She was the tournament Most Valuable Player in the Australian Youth Games for USA Athletes International this past summer.

The Greyhound women's soccer team advanced to its first-ever conference and N.C.A.A. regional final while posting an overall record of 15-6 and a final national ranking of No. 14. The team won 12 of its last 15 games and allowed an amazing 88 shots on net in 21 games.

"Allison Reyell is the best player I have ever coached," said Coach NEIL STAFFORD. "It has been my pleasure to watch her develop into a top player and clutch performer. Her defensive abilities helped produce the best defensive team in our conference. It was her maturity, talent and leadership which allowed our team to earn an N.C.A.A. berth this year."

What size cannot measure is her competitiveness, her enthusiasm, and combativeness on the field. She encourages her teammates, to achieve beyond their own expectations. As happy, gregarious and exuberant as she is off-the-field, she is equally directed, focused and enthusiastic on-the-field."

REYELL TROPHY CASE

Presidential Merit Scholarship (2001-05)

Augustinian Merit Scholarship (2003) (voted by college faculty)

Smalley Foundation National Scholarship (2001-05)

Psi-Chi (Psychology National Honor Society/Assumption chapter, 2003-05)

Sigma Delta Pi (Spanish National Honor Society/Assumption chapter, 2004-05)

Omicron Delta Kappa (National Leadership Society/Assumption chapter, 2004-05

Dean's List (2001-04, every semester over 3.5 GPA)

Athletics Director Citation (2001-04, every semester over 3.5 GPA)

National Master's Certification in Tutoring Spanish

Northeast-10 Conference Commissioners Honor Roll (Gold)

CoSIDA academic all-region (2004, second team); (2003, first team)

William Cating Memorial Award (coachability), 2003

GREYHOUNDS WITH N.C.A.A. POST-GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

1974-75 Paul BRENNAN, basketball

1976-77 Bill WURM, basketball

1979-80 Larry MEHALL, basketball, baseball

1997-98 Derek MOHAMED, hockey

1998-99 Stephanie DE LUCIA, softball

1999-00 Kristen LADEBAUCHE, softball

2001-02 Heather SCHLESINGER, field hockey

2002-03 Sean KENNEY, tennis

2003-04 Shahar GOLAN, basketball

2004-05 Ali REYELL, soccer

OF PARTICULAR NOTE: Greyhound student-athletes have now earned 10 N.C.A.A. Post-Graduate Scholarships --- more than twice the number of the second place teams in the Northeast-10 Conference (Southern Connecticut and Bentley have four each). The College has nearly 40 percent of the total earned by the conference. Of the Division II institutions nationwide the Greyhounds are now 11th in total recipients. They are 11th of all the institutions in New England (regardless of division) and first among the Division II schools.