CRANFORD – A Cranford local was one of six Union County College student-athletes named All-Americans by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

For the 2018-2019 academic year, Union County College (UCC) announced Maya Lawler of Cranford, along with Chisom and Nwaneka Chinedu of Freehold, Yamel Abreu of Union, Josh Fitts of Roselle, and Jessica Woods of Linden, all had excellent performances in their respective sports to be named to an All-American team, the highest honor awarded to a student-athlete at a community college.

Lawler, a defender on the women’s soccer team, was named a First Team All-American. For a second year she was also named the NJCAA Region XIX Division III Player of the Year. This past season she had 23 points with 10 goals and 3 assists and helped bring the team to a national third place finish. Maya is the first player for a UCC team to be named to an All-American team for two consecutive years. In 2017, she was named to the Second Team All-American.

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“Congratulations to our six All-American student-athletes. We are proud of your achievements,” stated UCC’s President Dr. Margaret M. McMenamin. “By pursuing athletics at the collegiate level, these students have learned about leadership, time management, organizational skills, and how to handle success and adversity with grace and humility. Their experiences at Union County College will help them succeed after graduation in life and in their careers.”

For the 2019-2020 academic year, Union has added women’s bowling and men’s wrestling to its list of NJCAA teams. To learn more about Athletics at UCC, go to

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