Four-year softball player Maya Lacy ’16 got a lot of attention this spring at the senior awards banquet. The outfielder received a Clinton A. Petersen Accounting Award, the Arts and Humanities Award, a Student Contribution Award, and Student Athlete of the Class.
Despite also becoming only the third student in Babson’s history to be named a CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-American and finishing second in her class with a 3.95 cumulative grade-point average, Lacy’s unassuming attitude has remained unchanged throughout her career. “I never felt like I was doing something exceptional,” says Lacy. “I was in a place where people encouraged me, so that was a huge component. I was really committed to all the things that I was doing. Having that passion and intention, it never really felt like I was drowning in work or anything like that.”
Dave Canan, head softball coach, says the extremely bright Lacy had outstanding time management skills and a strong desire to achieve. “Maya’s a perfectionist on the field, and she’s very driven,” he says. “When Maya puts her mind to something, she gets it done.”
Lacy is a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree who helped lead her team to an NCAA Tournament berth her freshman year and, during the course of her career, more than 100 victories. She was a tutor for the Athletics Department and the Writing Center, a resident assistant, and a Center for Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership scholar. In addition, she took a leadership role in the student organizations Pride Alliance and Women Giving Back.
Home in Utah for the summer to work with her dad before moving back to Boston this September, Lacy received an offer for full-time employment with EY the August before her senior year. The offer was extended to Lacy following her internship last summer.
“At Babson, you’re surrounded by so many people who are exceptional in so many ways, it never really felt like I was doing something that my peers weren’t doing,” she says. “And now, looking back, especially after the experience of being recognized for different things that I was in no way expecting, it makes me feel like I really did have an incredible experience.” —Scott Dietz, associate director of athletics