Nov. 16, 2012
BALTIMORE - Loyola University Maryland women’s lacrosse freshman Maddy Blakeman has been named a recipient of the 2012 Michael Breschi Scholarship, as announced Friday by US Lacrosse.
The scholarship was established in 2007 to honor the life and memory of Michael Breschi, son of the University of North Carolina’s men’s lacrosse head coach Joe Breschi. This is the second time since the inception of the scholarship that two females have won the award, as Blakeman Allyson Heavens (Penn State) were selected.
“On behalf of my wife Julie and my four daughters (Sam, Abby, Lucy and Emily) we are proud and honored to announce that Maddy Blakeman and Allyson Heavens are this year’s winners,” Joe Breschi said. “I want to commend these two wonderful student athletes who exemplify tremendous character, integrity and work ethic both in the classroom and on the playing field. As a family, we are sincerely appreciative for all the hard work that US Lacrosse and its staff does to help keep our son Michael’s memory alive in the great sport of lacrosse. We wish Maddy and Allyson a wonderful college experience and a successful future.”
The Michael Breschi Scholarship is awarded annually to two graduating high school seniors who plan to attend college and are the son or daughter of a lacrosse coach. The parent or guardian can be either a male or female coach for high school or college, and should be a full-time employee of an educational institution. Other criteria considered include extracurricular activity, internships, community service and employment experience.
“I am honored to receive the Michael Breschi Scholarship,” Blakeman said. “I’d like to thank US Lacrosse and the Breschi family for giving me the opportunity to represent them and this award. I’d also like to thank my parents, Trina and Don Balch, for teaching me the game of lacrosse, shaping my love for the game, and encouraging me to pursue my dreams of playing at the collegiate level.”
Blakeman was a three-time US Lacrosse All-American at Saint Edward’s School in Vero Beach, Fla. A Wendy’s High School Heisman winner, Blakeman broke her high school’s scoring record three years in a row for goals in a season (71) and finished her career as the all-time leading scorer with 245 goals.
A two-time team captain, she also earned four first-team all-district honors and three-straight first-team all-league distinctions. In addition, she was selected as a finalist for the National Schoolgirl Lacrosse award, an award that recognizes the 10 most outstanding schoolgirl lacrosse players in the nation in spirit as well as athletic ability.
“US Lacrosse would like to extend its best wishes to Maddy at Loyola and Allyson at Penn State,” said Ann Carpenetti, managing director of game administration at US Lacrosse. “We are honored to work with Coach Breschi and his family in awarding this scholarship to exemplary student athletes who are hardworking and philanthropic, in addition to possessing many other admirable attributes.”