LHU’s Slattery nominated for 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year Award

(LHU ATHLETICS) Lock Haven University pitcher Bekah Slattery throws a pitch in an NCAA softball game last season. Slattery was recently nominated for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the year Award.

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Senior-standout Bekah Slattery (Douglasville, Pa./Daniel Boone) of the Lock Haven University softball team is LHU’s nominee for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

In all, a record 585 female college athletes have been nominated by NCAA member schools for the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

Established in 1991, the NCAA Woman of the Year award recognizes graduating female college athletes who have exhausted their eligibility and distinguished themselves in academics, athletics, service and leadership throughout their collegiate careers.

The NCAA encourages member schools to honor their top graduating female student-athletes each year by submitting their names for consideration for the Woman of the Year award.

The 585 total nominees competed in 23 different sports across all three NCAA divisions, including 262 from Division I, 131 from Division II and 192 from Division III. Multisport student-athletes account for 144 of the nominees.

Moving forward, conferences will select up to two nominees each from the pool of school nominees. Then, 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 selection committee will determine the top three honorees from each division from the Top 30 and announce the nine finalists in September. From those nine finalists, the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics then will choose the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year. The Top 30 honorees will be celebrated and the 2019 NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the annual award ceremony October 20 in Indianapolis.

Slattery’s NCAA Woman of the Year nomination follows a long list of 2019 awards.

Just yesterday (June 25), she was named to the 2019 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Spring Top 10 list. The PSAC Top 10 award honors both athletic and academic success.

Slattery took home LHU’s 2018-19 Charlotte Smith Award winner, which goes to The Haven’s top female senior student-athlete each year. She led LHU on a remarkable postseason run. Her dominance in the pitcher’s circle powered Lock Haven to its first conference title in 10 years and she guided the Bald Eagles into the 2019 NCAA Division II national tournament.

In all, she was named to three different 2019 All-American teams after being named the Pitcher of the Year in both the Atlantic Region and PSAC Central Division.

For her career, Slattery was named the PSAC Central Division’s Pitcher of the Year three times and she was a four-time All-Conference selection. Over a four-season span, she led Lock Haven to four PSAC Tournament appearances and three NCAA DII tournament appearances.

Her 856 career strikeouts sit behind only Hall of Famer Kristin Erb at LHU, and she’s No. 6 all-time in PSAC history.