RALEIGH, N.C. -- Meredith College is proud to announce Carlee Joseph as 1-of-585 nominees for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year honor and 1-of-192 from Division III. Joseph completed her women's lacrosse athletic eligibility in 2018, graduating last month from the college's dual-degree program with a bachelor's in mechanical engineering from N.C. State and mathematics from Meredith, earning the distinction of Magna Cum Laude at both institutions.
For 29 years, the Woman of the Year program has honored the academic achievements, athletics excellence, community service, and leadership of outstanding female college athletes.
Rooted in Title IX and directed by the NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics, the NCAA Woman of the Year program celebrates the accomplishments of female college athletes across all three NCAA divisions. In 2019, more than 200,000 women are playing college sports, and the NCAA received a program record of 585 nominations for this prestigious award.
Each athletic conference office selects a nominee to move forward in the selection process, and the committee will next recognize the top-10 candidates for the award. The USA South selected Methodist University's Lindsey Pritchard as the 2019 Rita Wiggs Woman of the Year, and she will advance as the league's NCAA selection.
Joseph completed her eligibility as one of Meredith's most decorated student-athletes. She earned the 2018 IWLCA Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor and also received the USA South's coveted Don Scalf Female Student-Athlete of the Year.
A three-time first team All-Region selection, four-time first team All-USA South honoree, and four-time All-Tournament recipient, Joseph earned the league's Rookie of the Year honor in 2015 and received the Player of the Year each of the following three seasons.
Joseph received a host of other academic and athletic accolades during her four-year collegiate career and led the Avenging Angels to four conference tournament titles. Link HERE for a list of the Meredith lacrosse team's accomplishments, along with Joseph's impact on the program. Head Coach Lauren Scott continues to direct Meredith's program, entering its eighth season in the upcoming academic year.