CAMBRIDGE, MASS.- Lesley University softball stand-out Jordan Day (Seminole, Fla.) has been named the 2020-2021 New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) Female Senior Student-Athlete of the Year. The award recognizes athletic and academic successes, while also factoring in leadership and community service components, and is determined by a vote of the conference's Athletic Directors.
The business management major has been named to the Dean's List at Lesley University for three consecutive years and has been active on campus and in the surrounding community. Lesley Director of Athletics Stephanie Smyrl considers herself lucky to have had the opportunity to watch the positive impact Day has had on and off the field. "Every athletic director dreams of having a student-athlete like Jordan," said Smyrl. "She is extremely humble, and is always looking for ways to improve herself, her team and the larger Lesley community."
There is no argument that Day has certainly made her mark on the softball diamond. A pitcher and designated player, Day graduates as one of the most decorated softball student-athletes in Lesley history. From the time she stepped on the field as a freshman, she has been compiling accolades and honors. Her first season culminated in the NECC Rookie of the Year award, along with a second team All-Conference designation and a National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) Third Team All-Region award. Her sophomore season was one for the books, as she led the nation in hits (78), and was the toughest in the country to strikeout, having not struck out once all season. Her stellar season led to a NFCA First Team All-American honor, the first time an NECC softball player has garnered the accolade. She was also a first team NECC All-Conference member as a designated player, and a second team all-conference pitcher. Unfortunately, her junior season was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Day picked up where she left off in her senior campaign. She was named the NECC Player of the Year, batting .560, which was good for second in the league. Her 33 hits in conference play were tops in the league, as were her 54 total bases. Day was also a force in the pitcher's circle, going 8-3 for the Lynx. Her strikeouts per game (8.57) and batting average against (.197) were each tops in the conference. She finished league play with 62 strikeouts and a 2.07 ERA, both third in the conference. She also reached career milestones, surpassing 350 strikeouts and 100 hits in her senior campaign, nabbing NFCA All-Region honors for the third time in her career.
Beyond her stats on the field, Day was also a model teammate. She was a four-year member of the softball leadership committee and a team weight room leader. Lesley Head Softball Coach Heather Ross recruited Day to help her build a championship culture, and Day has risen to the challenge. "She embodies every value of what a successful student-athlete at Lesley University is, and directly reflects the mission of NCAA Division III. She has become an example for future female student-athletes at Lesley," said Ross. "Her consistency in advocacy, work ethic, character, and growth are everything the Lesley softball program aims to represent on and off the field."
Her work off the field has been equally as notable. Day's list of community service initiatives reads nearly as long as her list of athletic accolades, and includes reading to preschool children, running softball clinics for high school students, running youth softball games, and raising money for charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Day has been the definition of well-rounded during her time at Lesley. Smyrl gushed, "Jordan is the epitome of what it means to be an accomplished collegiate student-athlete. Her success on the field is equally matched with her success in the classroom, and she has proven season after season that she is one of the best student-athletes to have walked through the doors at Lesley."
Thankfully for the Lesley community, Day will walk through the doors at Lesley once again, as she will return to campus to work towards her MBA and return for her final year of elgibility with the softball program. Ross has no doubt Day will find success in her future endeavors. "Jordan asks the right questions, challenges the right ideas, and does so with respect and honesty that displays the class and connection needed in all facets of life to be successful."
As Day graduates and takes on her next challenge, she has certainly left her mark on the Lesley athletics department. When asked to describe the legacy Day continues to leave, Ross only had one word to say.
Ross and the Lesley Softball team looks forward to Day returning for her fifth year as she continues to leave a lasting legacy on the the Lesley community.