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Caitlin Alves

School

Hartford

Position
Midfielder
Major
Health Sciences

Classroom

Along with being a great competitor on the field and an active member of the SAAC, Alves is one of the strongest student-athletes in the classroom. After finishing hundreths of a point shy of a 4.0 this past semester, Alves has amassed a 3.71 cumulative grade point average over 16 semesters as a health sciences major at Hartford. Her success in the classroom has not gone unnoticed as she is a three-time America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll (3.5 or higher) recipient and this past season was a CoSIDA District I First Team honoree and was named an NSCAA Scholar All-American on the First Team.

Character

Alves always is willing to lend a helping hand in any events Hartford holds. She is a positive role model for all student-athletes and is a consistent leader in our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. She always has a positive attitude and an energetic spirit which, along with her smile, is contagious to everyone she meets.

Community

Alves currently acts as an executive member of our Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. In this role, she assists in directing and developing community outreach projects and leadership events for the other members of SAAC and the student-athlete population. Alves has helped lead our National Girls and Women in Sports Day Clinic and has also assisted with two Howie Sportsmanship Academies in which children from the community come in to learn about positive sportsmanship in sports. Alves is also a member of the College for Every Student program. In this program, she has a buddy at a local elementary school that she visits with 30-60 minutes every week of each school year until they graduate together. In their visits they talk about being a good role model for others, the opportunity of going to college and the importance of giving back to the community. With the women’s soccer team, Alves visited the Hartford YMCA twice to volunteer with kids from the area and to help them with school work. She also visited the Hartford Boys and Girls Club to join in on an afterschool sports program for kids from surrounding areas. In addition to the list of above, Alves has assisted with coat drives, can good drives, and various fundraising acts for different charities. Last spring, Alves created and directed the first ever Hartford SAAC Flash Mob which took place at the end of the year banquet and incorporated University President, Walter Harrison.

Competition

Alves completed one of the most decorated seasons at Hartford as a junior, earning All-America honors as a midfielder. She finished the 2011 season with a career-high 10 goals and five assists for a total of 25 points. He accolades from 2011 include NSCAA All-America Third Team, NSCAA All-Northeast First Team, NEWISA All-New England First Team, America East All-Conference First Team, America East Fans’ Choice Player of the Year and twice named America East Player of the Week after posting back-to-back weeks with five goals each. Her 25 points was the second most in the America East, while she was first in points-per-game (1.39). He 10 goals led all players in the America East, while she was tied for fifth in assists. She also finished the season with six game-winning goals, which was the 15th most in the nation.