COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College field hockey May graduate Shelagh Fluharty (Fitchburg, Mass./Saint Bernard's Central Catholic) was among 38 Division II players named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Senior Team on Wednesday, including one of 13 from the Northeast-10 Conference.
The NFHCA Senior Team recognizes the career accomplishments of a select group of student-athletes in an effort to serve as a replacement for the annual NFHCA Senior All-Star Game, which was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Fluharty is the 21st Purple Knight to earn a senior recognition from the NFHCA in the past 14 years.
Fluharty served as a senior captain after holding the assistant captain role her junior year. After netting two goals with one assist in 17 games off the bench as a first-year, she started all 35 games as a sophomore and junior, totaling four goals and five assists. Her senior year was wiped out due to the pandemic. In 52 career games, she finished with 18 points.
This spring, she also joined the women's lacrosse team, following in the footsteps of her mother, Jane (Healey) Fluharty '88, who also played both sports at the College. Fluharty appeared in nine of 10 games for the women's lacrosse squad, starting seven on defense while notching four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Fluharty earned the Saint Michael's Department of Athletics' Victor V. LeMieux '35 Award in early May, an accolade handed out since 1964 to honor student-athletes best displaying loyalty and leadership. A Dean's List student, Fluharty graduated with a degree in neuroscience while minoring in chemistry and crime & justice. She took on two important executive board positions as a senior, when she was Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) secretary and Hope Happens Here (HHH) high school coordinator. Fluharty qualified for the NE10 Academic Honor Roll five times and landed on the NFHCA National Academic Squad as a senior.