She posted her finest softball season in 2013, hitting .446 (78-175) with 51 runs, five doubles, five triples, 20 RBI and 22 stolen bases in as many attempts. A senior captain, Shufelt broke the Monks' single-season records for hits and at bats.
"Danyelle truly had a special senior year," said softball coach Jamie Smyth. "I am so happy for her personally for winning this award, which she truly deserved. This team has been fortunate to have had players like Danyelle and (2011 GNAC Woman of the Year) Alyssa Dunn -- two young women who have played significant roles in where [our] softball program is today."
Also a fine player on the hardwood, Shufelt netted 771 points with 212 rebounds, 183 assists and 130 steals as a four-year member. She posted career-highs in scoring (11.5 PPG), assists (72) and steals (51) as a senior co-captain, and capped her career as the third-most efficient three-point shooter in program history, having made 83.3% (230-276) from the charity stripe over four seasons.
"It is not very often that you have a student-athlete like Danyelle as part of your program," said basketball coach Mike McDevitt. "A dean's list student who also excelled as a two-sport athlete is very rare these days and this honor is a tribute to all her hard work and dedication. We are very proud of all that Danyelle has accomplished during her four years."
Away from the game, Shufelt worked basketball and softball clinics and also worked as a math tutor at Saint Joseph's.
By earning the GNAC Woman of the Year honor, Shufelt is now a candidate for NCAA Woman of the Year. According to NCAA.org, the award "honors graduating student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, community service and leadership."
The top ten finalists from Division III will be named by the NCAA in August. The national winner will be announced at the Woman of the Year Awards Dinner in Indianapolis on Oct. 20, 2013.