JULY 3, 2007
Class of 1951,
Alyssa Briody has been awarded the 2007 Wyman Medal. Alyssa is an All-NESCAC lacrosse player for the second year, team captain and All-Sport Academic Honoree. She is a history major and devoted a semester to studying in Chile. Diana Scriver from the Advancement Office supplied this information to me and Debbie Wyman. The medal was awarded May 11, 2007 at the Senior Assembly. I am awaiting word on the amount of the Annual Fund Donations from the Wyman Endowment.
Footnote from Charlie Tritschler:
Here's an attractive picture of Alyssa from an Amherst web article on her athletic accomplishments. Please click on this underlined address below.
Not one of the 158 hits on the Amherst web as of 7/7/7 for Ms. Briody cites the Wyman medal. However, she herself speaks appreciatively of it in an interview with the New Jersey Times. She fills in a profile of a talented woman, of whom Tom and the class of 1951 can be proud.
Briody's world is well-rounded
The recent Amherst College graduate will continue to relish those themes.She'll be close enough to root for the esteemed Amherst women's lacrosse program while working in Boston. Starting in August, Briody will be a paralegal in the economic crimes unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office there.
The former Princeton Day School student-athlete was thrilled with her Amherst years. "My experience was two-fold," she said. "I had a really great four years playing lacrosse there and the academic -- with my major and my teachers -- I've really gotten to do a lot."
Briody, a Latin American history major, spent quality time working in her field. "It was great to be in a place to have those direct experiences," said Briody, who spent last summer on a fellowship in Ecuador working with indigent communities, and also spent seven months of her junior year studying in Chile. She graduated with Honors and Distinction and was especially recognized for being well- rounded.
"That was the nicest award or honor that I've ever gotten," said Briody, who received the Thomas H. Wyman Medal, which is presented to the member of the senior class who best represents the highest standards in scholarship, athletics and/or extra curricular activities, community service, integrity, character and humanism. "It means a lot to me to be considered for that award. That's really something that I've striven for --that kind of balance and commitment."
The awards also rolled in for her role as a senior attacker and captain of the women's lacrosse team. Briody was named to IWLCA and womenslacrosse.com All-America teams. She received recognition as a conference all- star athletically as well as academically. She led the New England Small College Athletic Conference in assists (47) and assists per game (2.94), and finished second in the league in points per game (4.12) and third in points (66).
She played in 60 games during her collegiate career. She finished with 106 goals and 97 assists and became the fourth player in the history of the program to exceed 200 career points.
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