Finalists Announced for Female Scholar Athlete of the Year; Vote Online Today

Finalists Announced for Female Scholar Athlete of the Year;  Vote Online Today


NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Jessica Peacock (Hopedale, MA), Kelly Schatzlein (Tolland, CT), and Colleen Strachan (Bedford, MA) have been named finalists for the 2011-12 Merrimack Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Fans can log on to to vote for who they think should be this year’s winner. Voting on facebook only counts for a portion of final vote.

The winners will be announced at Merrimack’s annual Leadership, Education, Athletics and Development (LEAD) Awards on April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Rogers Center.

Leading the women’s soccer team to the Nrotheast-10 Championship and the third NCAA appearance in her four years, Peacock was the Northeast-10 Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team all-conference honoree for the second straight year. A psychology and education major with a 3.70 GPA, Peacock was a NSCAA first-team Academic All-American and a NSCAA first-team Scholar All-Region selection. She earned Athletic All-American honors in addition to first team all-region and All-New England honors. Anchoring Merrimack’s defense which allowed just 1.10 goals per game, the women’s soccer team was ranked nationally for six weeks.

Starting all 25 games for the women’s basketball team, Schatzlein earned a 3.7 GPA as an athletic training major. She led the team  in scoring with 15.9 points per game and in rebounds with 10.2 boards per game and was just one of two players in the Northeast-10 to average a double-double for the season. Ranking second in the league in rebounds and third in field goal percentage, she led the team in blocks and steals.

Leading the women’s lacrosse team with 36 goals and 55 points, Strachan is likely a first-team all-conference and all-academic selection. Starting all 13 games as a captain, the business major also leads the team with 39 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers. She has led the women’s lacrosse team to a national ranking for the second-straight season and second time ever.

Last year’s winner was Strachan from the women’s lacrosse team.

Over the next week, Merrimack is unveiling the finalists for its major awards online at The winners will all be announced at the LEAD Awards on April 25 in the Rogers Center at 6 p.m.

April 17 – Community Service finalists

April 18 – Male and Female Rookie of the Year finalists

April 20 – Male and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year finalists

April 23 – Male and Female Athlete of the Year finalists