Messersmith earns MACDA postgraduate scholarship

Paige Messersmith  2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Paige Messersmith 2013 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

HARFORD, Md. – Paige Messersmith (Phoenix, Md./Dulaney), a senior on the McDaniel field hockey and women's lacrosse teams, has won the 2013 Maryland Association of College Directors of Athletics (MACDA) postgraduate scholarship, announced on Tuesday.

Messersmith was one of three recipients of the annual award, joining Janessa Pope of Division I University of Maryland and Erin Pronobis of Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville. Messersmith was the recipient from the Division II or III institutions.

The MACDA postgraduate scholarships recognize three student-athletes for superior work in the classroom and on the field. The honorees represent three Maryland institutions of higher learning and differing levels of NCAA or NJCAA competition. Each recipient will receive a non-renewable, one-time grant of $500 upon her enrollment in a postgraduate program.

To be eligible, student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.2 grade-point average in undergraduate studies, excel in a varsity sport, participate in leadership activities beyond the playing field and plan to further their education.

Messersmith was a four-year letterwinner for both the Green Terror field hockey and women's lacrosse teams. In field hockey, she ranks fourth all-time with 66 points and in the top 10 for both goals and assists. This past fall, she established a new single-season program record for goals (18) and points (45). In lacrosse, she is the conference record holder for draw controls with 300 in her career. She is a four-time all-conference selection and three-time all-region nod. She was named a second-team All-American last week. She led the field hockey team to the ECAC tournament in each of the last two seasons and to the ECAC championship game this spring in women's lacrosse.

Messersmith has earned Dean's List honors, both NFHCA and IWLCA National Academic Squad recognition and Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll accolades. She volunteers her time in youth clinics for both sports while also serving on the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and the Apple Conference for Alcohol Awareness.

She will graduate in 10 days with a 3.62 grade-point average in exercise science and she plans to work toward her master's degree in nutrition/public health and business in the fall.