VOTE NOW: 2012-13 Female Athlete of the Year

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Senior April Daugherty (Wakefield, R.I.), junior Danielle Dion (Grosvenordale, Conn.), and seniors Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, Conn.) and Tawny Palmieri (Peabody, Mass.) have been tabbed finalists for the 2012-13 Merrimack Athletics Female Athlete of the Year Award.

Fans are encouraged to cast their vote on Facebook to help determine the winner! Please note that vote counts on Facebook are not the final determinant of the eventual winner.

Each winner will be unveiled at the annual Merrimack College Leadership, Education, Athletics and Development (LEAD) Awards on April 23 at 4 p.m. at the Rogers Center.

Get To Know The Nominees

April Daugherty (Field Hockey)
Senior | Wakefield, R.I. | Communication Studies/Education Major

The senior graduates as the best player in program history, leading Merrimack to its first-ever two Final Fours and Northeast-10 Championships, in 2011 and 2012.  She is also the program’s first-ever three-time All-American. The captain was a first-team all-conference selection this fall, the third time she earned all-conference honors. The leading scorer in program history, Daugherty is no stranger to the top school accolades, being named the Merrimack Female Athlete of the Year in 2011 and Rookie of the Year in 2009.

Danielle Dion (Women’s Soccer)
Junior| Grosvenordale, Conn.| Human Development Major

The junior ranked second in the Northeast-10 in scoring, leading Merrimack to a 10-8-1 record and a Northeast-10 Semifinal appearance. Leading Merrimack in goals in each of the last three seasons, she has already earned three all-conference honors and is a two-time NSCAA All-Region. The striker was among all national leaders in goal scoring and total scoring before her prolific and possibly historic junior campaign was cut short due to injury. She also was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and an NSCAA Scholar Athlete.

Kelly Schatzlein (Women’s Basketball)
Senior |Tolland, Conn.| Athletic Training Major

The senior averaged a double-double for the second year in a row and was named to the all-conference team, leading Merrimack to a 12-win improvement from last season, the best in the country among all Division II women’s basketball teams.

Tawny Palmieri (Softball)
Senior | Peabody, Mass. | Sociology/Education Major

The senior all-region and all-conference honoree has enjoyed a stellar senior season and has helped lead the Warriors to a 6-3 record inside the Northeast Division. Palmieri owns a team-best .418 average and ranks second in runs scored (16), doubles (5) and first in RBI (18). The senior has moved from short to third this season, has gone 5-for-8 in stolen bases and owns a team-best .684 slugging percentage and .489 on-base percentage. She will graduate in the top-five in most offensive categories in school history despite only playing three seasons after transferring from UMass.

Over the next week, Merrimack will announce the finalists for its major awards online at The winners will all be announced at the LEAD Awards on April 23 in the Rogers Center at 4 p.m.

Be sure to keep checking back online over the course of the week as the remaining award finalists are unveiled!

Award Finalist Announcement Schedule

April 12: Male Rookie of the Year
April 15: Female Rookie of the Year
April 16: Male Scholar Athlete
April 17: Female Scholar Athlete
April 18: Female Athlete of the Year
April 19: Male Athlete of the Year


For continuing coverage of Merrimack College Athletics, visit and follow the Warriors on Twitter and on Facebook.