O'SHAUGHNESSY TABBED TO ATTEND NCAA CONFERENCE
DURHAM, N.H.Julie O'Shaughnessy (Manchester, N.H.), a junior forward for the University of New Hampshire women’s soccer team, has been chosen by the NCAA to attend the National Student-Athlete Leadership Development Conference next month in Orlando, Fla.

O’Shaughnessy, who was one of four UNH nominees, was chosen to represent the Wildcats for her 3.10 GPA and outstanding leadership qualities. She has also represented the women’s soccer team on UNH’s Student Athletic Advisory Committee for the past two years. O’Shaughnessy, a political science major, will be one of more than 700 student-athletes from across the nation to participate in the event.

The conference, which is sponsored by the NCAA, will provide participants with the chance to discuss issues that they may have on both their campuses and in their communities. In addition, it also provides them with the opportunity to strengthen their leadership, communication, decision-making and problem-solving skills, while also promoting stronger communication between student-athletes and their school’s athletic staff.

“It is an absolute honor for me to be selected to attend this conference,” O’Shaughnessy said. “I am looking forward to developing my leadership abilities and will be excited to bring back to UNH all I will have learned.”

The event will be conducted in a series of two conferences; the first will be May 25-27 and the second will be May 27-29 at the Walt Disney World Resort.

O’Shaughnessy, who was recently selected as a captain for the 2008 squad, played in all but two games for the Wildcats last season. In that time she notched two goals and two assists for a total of six points. Her season was highlighted by a three-point effort against the University at Albany on Oct. 7, where she earned the first goal of her career and assisted on a Michelle Sheehan (Belmont, Mass.) goal in the contest. A week later, O’Shaughnessy continued her stellar play as she scored the game-winning goal against the University of Vermont in a 2-1 win.
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