---- — NORTH ANDOVER — After rewriting the program record books en route to posting arguably the best single season in Merrimack field hockey history, junior forward Candace Waldie of North Andover has been selected as a 2012-13 Division II Women’s Athlete of the Year Finalist, as announced by the Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) today.
Waldie has the chance to become Merrimack’s first-ever female athlete to earn one of the highest distinctions possible by an individual student-athlete.
“We are very proud of Candace for all of her accomplishments this past season,” head coach Anne Rounce said after the announcement. “Candace trained hard over the summer and plays with a lot of passion. She truly loves the sport and being a part of this program.”
Throughout the 2012-13 season, the best Division II athletes will be selected from all sports, and in June the Division II Athlete of the Year will be named. The awards program will include a special reception and luncheon before the winner is announced by means of a live primetime telecast on ESPN on Saturday, June 22.
“It is honor to be representing our program for this award,” Waldie said. “My teammates have been a big support throughout the whole season. It is a big team effort and I am so happy with the success of our program. We will continue to work hard in our offseason to continue to take greater strides next year.”
Waldie was named a Longstreth/NFHCA Second-Team All-American and earned a spot on the Northeast-10 All-Conference First Team after a stellar second season donning the Navy and Gold. She started in all 21 games and led the nation with 61 points on 24 goals and 13 assists. In early September, she recorded the first-ever six-goal game in school history in a victory against Saint Michael’s, and registered points in 18 out of 21 games on the year.
Waldie set a new single-season record with nine game-winning goals and now ranks fourth all-time in scoring (73 career points), fourth in goals scored (29), third in game-winning goals (10), and fourth in assists (15), while her 61 points, 2.90 points per game and 24 goals were also the most in a single season in program history.