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Nov. 16, 2012
BALTIMORE - Penn State women's lacrosse freshman Ally Heavens (Garnet Valley, Pa.) has been named as one of two recipients for US Lacrosse's 2012 Michael Breschi Scholarship, the organization announced Friday.
The scholarship was established in 2007 to honor the life and memory of Michael Breschi, son of North Carolina head men's lacrosse coach Joe Breschi. This is the second time since the inception of the scholarship that two females have won the award, as Loyola's Maddy Blakeman was also 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 so surprised and excited to be a 2012 recipient of the Michael Breschi Scholarship," Heavens said. "I'd like to thank US Lacrosse and the Breschi family for this selection and my dad, who is the best teacher and coach there is. I promise to do my best to achieve my academic and athletic goals at Penn State."
A four-year standout at Garnet Valley High School, Heavens earned US Lacrosse All-America, First Team All-Delco and All-Central League recognition as both a junior and senior. During her senior season, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Player of the Year posted 66 goals and 44 assists to lead the team to a 24-3 record and its second straight PIAA state title and Central League championship.
"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."