BOSTON – Sydney Littlefield of the Suffolk softball and women's volleyball team has been named the 2016-17 recipient of the Suffolk Athletic Department's Charles Melanson Unsung Hero Award, Athletic Director Cary McConnell announced Wednesday afternoon.
Littlefield, who graduated a year early with a degree in marketing, has stood out not just athletically during her time at Suffolk, lettering in both softball and volleyball, one of a select few two-sport athletes, but has embodied the true meaning of a Division III student-athlete.
"Sydney is the definition of an Unsung Hero," Associate Director of Athletics, Head Softball Coach Jaclyn Davis said. "Her athletic contributions may not outshine the big moments of her teammates, but she does the little things well that add up and ultimately help win games. She is a substantial part of the success of both of the programs that she is a part of here at Suffolk. Sydney's efforts in making herself and her teammates better on the court and on the field are a true testament to her athletic abilities and dedication to her teams. As the President of Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Sydney is the behind the scenes face working to make the student body and student-athlete experiences better each year by creating programs that highlight our athletic events and collaborating with other student groups in the Suffolk community. Her work at Suffolk is selfless and often uncredited, but you will never find her without a smile on her face. Sydney embodies the true meaning of a student-athlete, a leader and a teammate."
Over the past two seasons, Littlefield has added charisma, knowledge and light to the Rams' volleyball lineup, accumulating 76 digs, four aces, two kills across 30 matches and 64 sets played.
Her true finesse came through on in the spring on the diamond. In three years on the Suffolk softball team, Littlefield saw action in 100 games, making 151 plate appearances for a .338 career average with a .401 on-base percentage. The outfielder amassed nearly the same number of runs (49) as she did hits (51) to go along with 13 RBI and 16 stolen bases. She was a part of the winningest Rams' team in the program's 33-year history in 2016 with an impressive 33-9 run, while helping the blue-and-gold to a GNAC Championship crown chase, reaching the title series, this season (2017).
As President of SAAC she has represented the student-athlete body as keynote speaker at back-to-back Suffolk University Hall of Fame ceremonies as well as the dedication of the Michael and Larry Smith Fitness center, while holding down an outstanding GPA of 3.955. Littlefield was a great example to her teammates as a competitor that knows how to play the game right and gives it everything she has and leaves it on the court and field. She exemplifies outstanding sportsmanship, character and ethical conduct in the true spirit of competition and Division III athletics.