Cresson, Pa. — Mount Aloysius College standout Lindsy Sammarco (Patton, Pa./Bishop Carroll) has been named the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) Woman of the Year for 2013-2014 for her tremendous accomplishments in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field. With the award, Sammarco will be the AMCC’s nominee to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the national competition of Woman of the Year. The Mount Aloysius College standout competed with nearly 1000 athletes throughout the 10 college AMCC for the honor.
Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley applauded the AMCC’s choice of Lindsy Sammarco as Women of the Year. “I have had the pleasure of watching Lindsy throughout her career here at Mount Aloysius College. She has matured into a tough, intelligent and resilient young woman. She is self-less on and off the field. As a graduate of this College she now has not only a great family behind her, but the resounding goodwill of this entire College behind her.”
Dr. Jane Grassadonia, vice president for student affairs at Mount Aloysius College said, “Through hard work and character, Lindsy has built a legacy of academic and athletic achievement. She is one of those rare individuals who raise-up and inspire those around her even as she continues growing along her own path. We have every expectation of great things in her future.”
Sammarco, who concluded her academic career at Mount Aloysius with a 3.65 GPA while majoring in Professional Studies: Behavioral and Health Sciences, is the Mount’s first Woman of the Year nominee since Mount Aloysius became full members of the conference in 2008-2009.
Sammarco was a standout on both the basketball court and softball field, but made her mark in throughout the community during her time at Mount Aloysius. She spent time each year volunteering with various physical therapists, and also was involved in a variety of service projects including the Mercy Youth Initiative, Angel Tree, Souls for Soles, and New Day Inc. Additionally, she painted playrooms at a local daycare, served meals at soup kitchens, helped at a local Humane Society and worked at the Mount Aloysius basketball camp where she assisted young basketball players from Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a member of the SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee), Sammarco helped oversee 18 ongoing community service projects.
In the classroom, Sammarco was on the Dean’s List and AMCC All-Academic Team in each of her four years at Mount Aloysius. She was a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Athletic Honor Society in 2013 and 2014, which recognizes academic performance, leadership and character. Sammarco also was a recipient of the Heritage Fellowship, MAC Scholarship, Mercy Grant, Hickey Scholarship and Mary Cyper Madden Scholarship.
Sammarco has been an outstanding student ambassador at Mount Aloysius College. In 2013, she was chosen to be a dinner host when the campus welcomed former Ambassador to Ireland and Pittsburgh Steelers owner, Daniel A. Rooney and his wife, Patricia. Mrs. Rooney served as the Mount Aloysius College Commencement Speaker in 2013. Ms. Sammarco and a teammate welcomed Mr. and Mrs. Rooney on their first night in Cresson.
On the field of competition, Sammarco excelled since arriving at the Mount. She was a three-time AMCC All-Conference selection and two-time First Team All-Conference guard/forward for the women’s basketball program, which reached new heights during Sammarco’s time with three consecutive AMCC Final Four appearances and an AMCC runner-up finish to her final season in 2014. Sammarco is one of five 1,000 point scorers in Mount Aloysius women’s basketball history.
On the diamond, Sammarco earned three more AMCC All-Conference selections at third base. The softball program had an overall record of 103-52 (.655 winning percentage) during Sammarco’s time at the Mount. The team also reached two championship games in 2011 and 2014 with Sammarco as a headliner.
Sammarco earned numerous awards for her accomplishments on the field and hardwood. She was the Mount Aloysius Female Athlete of the Year in both 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 and was the MVP of the women’s basketball team in each of those seasons as well.
During her senior basketball season, Sammarco was presented with the President’s Leadership and Achievement Award from Mount Aloysius College President Tom Foley.
When being nominated for the award, Sammarco focused on how Mount Aloysius has shaped her into the person she is today.
“Through my four years at Mount Aloysius College I have learned how to appreciate others and work hard every day. I have experienced team victory and pride and learned how hard work pays off in the classroom,” Sammarco stated. “I have taken notice of how far a helping hand and smile can affect and mean to a community member or a member of the college family.”
Sammarco also specifically mentioned how the Mercy values imparted to her at Mount Aloysius will influence her moving forward. “As a member of a college affiliated with the Sisters of Mercy, it is a core value that students give back to their community. I was able to conduct a wide variety of community service work, and I learned so much from each and every project,” Sammarco said. “The experiences and opportunities that I have been given at Mount Aloysius College will always be part of me and have given me a strong foundation for the start of my future.”