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


NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Ryan Flanigan (Rochester, NY), Petar Golijanin (Novi Sad, Serbia), and Robbie Sabadoz (Ottawa, ON) have been named finalists for the 2011-12 Merrimack Male 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.

One of only 12 Merrimack student-athletes to receive a 4.0 grade-point-average in the fall, Flanigan led the hockey team in scoring with 29 points and was a +20. A business major, he was named a Lowe’s Senior Class first-team All-Americans, which combines academic and athletic performance. He was the only Hockey East player to earn the honor. An assistant captain, Flanigan is a likely Hockey East All-Academic selection for the fourth straight year.

Leading the men’s tennis team to the Northeast-10 regular season championship, the Northeast-10 Tournament final and likely a fifth-straight NCAA appearance, Golijanin earned NE-10 first-team honors in singles and doubles. A biochemistry major with a 3.82 GPA, he is 20-9 in singles and 23-6 in doubles.

A two-time captain on the men’s soccer team, Sabadoz won the NE-10 Scholar Athlete Sport Excellence award for the second straight year. He is a two-time Capital One Academic All-American and All-District honoree. A four-time NE-10 All-Academic selection, Sabadoz led the team with 19 points, becoming just the third player in school history to reach 100 career points. A business major with a 3.85 GPA, he was a NE-10 all-conference first team selection and will graduate a four-time all-academic honoree.

Last year’s winner was Sabadoz from the men’s soccer 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