VOTE NOW: 2012-13 Female Scholar Athlete of the Year

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Junior Danielle Dion (Grosvenordale, Conn.), senior Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, Conn.) and junior Candace Waldie (North Andover, Mass.) have been as tabbed finalists for the 2012-13 Merrimack Athletics Female Scholar Athlete 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

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 posted a fall GPA of 3.9 and has a 3.5 cumulative GPA, earning NE-10 All-Academic honors. She also was a CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and a 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. As an athletic training major, she maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.74 over the course of her career.

Candace Waldie (Field Hockey)
Junior| North Andover, Mass.| Education Major

The junior transfer was a second-team All-American and first-team all-conference honoree, leading the nation in scoring with 61 points. She set school records for goals, goals in a single game, points, points per game and game-winners in a season, leading Merrimack to the Northeast-10 regular season championship and the NCAA Final Four. She was a Northeast-10 All-Academic selection and a SGI/NFHCA National Academic Squad member. The junior maintains a 3.71 GPA as an education major.

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


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