Nichols’ Widdison & Dyakiv Earn Academic Honors

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Nichols College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about Emily Widdison and Anna Dyakiv that were each named to the 2012-13 Capital One District 1 NCAA Division III First Team:

DUDLEY, Mass. – Nichols College senior field hockey student-athlete Emily Widdison (Greenfield, Mass.) and junior women’s tennis student-athlete Anna Dyakiv (Amsterdam, N.Y.) have each been named to the 2012-13 Capital One Academic District 1 NCAA Division III First Team.

A member of the 2012 Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III All-America Third Team, Widdison led the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) in goals (24) and points (57) this past season, both of which are Nichols single-season records. In the process, she became the program’s all-time leader in goals (51) and points (134). Widdison – who was also named CCC co-Player of the Year as well as Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year – recorded nine games with at least three points and scored two-or-more goals in seven games – including three against Fitchburg State on Sept. 13.

Widdison graduated last week with a degree in accounting & finance. Last fall, she was named to the NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad for the fourth-consecutive season.

“I am thrilled to hear that Emily Widdison has earned a spot on the Academic All-District First Team,” said field hockey head coach Kristan Mallet. “Along with being a talent on the field, she was impressive in the classroom throughout her four years at Nichols College. I am proud of the person she has become and know that she will continue to strive for success. She has left Nichols College with broken records, has raised the bar for all athletes, and her legacy will remain.”

Dyakiv, meanwhile, was named CCC Player of the Year for the third time in 2012 while adding a third All-CCC First Team singles nod and an All-CCC Second Team doubles selection to her resume. Despite being sidelined with an injury for part of the year, Dyakiv went 4-0 in singles and 5-0 in doubles to help the Bison remain undefeated in conference play for the third-straight year. In the final week of the regular season, Dyakiv posted a 3-0 ledger in both singles and doubles play and teamed with senior Jillian McQuiggan (Weymouth, Mass.) to clinch a key match at Endicott. In three years, Dyakiv has amassed a 21-0 singles and a 22-0 doubles record in CCC regular season competition.

A double-major in sport management and international business, Dyakiv is an ITA Scholar Athlete who was avolunteer at UEFA EURO 2012 and has also worked as a translator for officials from Belarus at Fed Cup. She is also a member of Chi Alpha Sigma, Zeta Alpha Phi, and Delta Mu Delta.

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