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

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


NORTH ANDOVER, MA – April Daugherty (Lincoln, RI), Jessica Peacock (Hopedale, MA) 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.

Named a first-team All-American and the Northeast-10 Player of the Year, Daugherty led the field hockey team to its first-ever NCAA Tournament Final Four and its first-ever Northeast-10 Championship. Leading the league with 22 goals and six game-winners, Daugherty anchored the field hockey team’s 17-game winning streak and a #3 national ranking, its highest ever ranking. A two-time NE-10 Player of the Week, Daugherty is the first player in school history to amass 100 career points. Fourth nationally in goals per game and seventh nationally in points per game, the communication and education major enters her senior season as the program’s all-time leader for points, goals, assists, and shots in a season and in a career.

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.

Leading the women’s lacrosse team with 37 goals and 59 points, Strachan is likely a first-team all-conference and all-academic selection. Starting all 14 games as a captain, the business major also leads the team with 41 draw controls and 21 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 Kelli Jo Deardorff (Bedford, MA) from the softball 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