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Bombardier Named NAC and NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

Bombardier Named NAC and NCAA Woman of the Year Nominee

CASTLETON, Vt. – Follow an impressive Castleton career, senior dual sport athlete Rachel Bombardier has been selected as one of eight nominees for the North Atlantic Conference Woman of the Year, as announced by the conference earlier this week. 

Bombardier was one of eight women in the conference named as a nominee. All eight have also been nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year. Overall 517 women were nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year, and Bombardier was one of just 127 to be a two-sport athlete. 

The 2016 NAC Women's Lacrosse Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, Rachel Bombardier has been a standout in the rink, on the field and in the classroom. On the field, she was a three-year letter winner and was a two-time All-NAC honoree at goalkeeper, prior to making the switch to defense this past spring, in which she collected 20 ground balls, 11 draw controls, and causing 10 turnovers. She was a part of three NAC Women's Lacrosse Championship Title teams and made three NCAA tournament appearances. She lettered in women's hockey all four years of her undergraduate career and saw her team earn ECAC East Runner-Up in both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. 

Bombardier is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree and was most recently honored as a CoSIDA Academic All-American (at-large selection) and as the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She has also earned All-Academic honors from the ECAC, NAC, NEHC and the IWLCA throughout her career. 

In the classroom, the dual-sport student-athlete was a Heath Science major and minored in Statistics. She has most recently entered into a 12-month Master's program in Medical Science at the University of Vermont. This past year, she was honored with the Academic Excellence award in Natural Science and Exercise Science, she received the Sharon Brown Memorial Award (given to one standout female student-athlete showing leadership & dedication to community), she was inducted into the Sigma Zeta National Science & Mathematics Honor Society, and was named best in Biochemistry for demonstrating excellence in Biochemistry. Honored on the Presidents List all four years of her career, Bombardier has served as an EMT, as an organic chemistry and math clinic tutor, as a teaching assistant for Organic Chemistry Lab, and on the Castleton Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. 

To view the full list of nominees, click here.