Shandera Named RMAC Scholar-Athlete

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 30, 2007

Lindsay Shandera was named the RMAC female Scholar-Athlete of the year for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, the conference announced Wednesday.

As it has done the past four years, the UCCS Athletic Department nominated its McLaughlin Award winners since the criteria for each award are the same. The McLaughlin Award is the highest honor an athlete can receive at UCCS.

Each of the 14 RMAC institutions chose a male and female athlete as their honoree for RMAC Honor Student-Athlete. To be eligible for the RMAC Honor-Student Athlete award, individuals must be an athlete in one of the conference sponsored championship sports; carry at least a 3.20 Grade Point Average (GPA); be either a starter or key reserve on their respective team; be of good character and must have participated at the active member institution for two (2) or more seasons in at least one (1) sport. True freshman and Junior College or Community College transfers are not eligible their first year at the RMAC institution.

The 2006-2007 RMAC Honor Scholar-Athletes will be recognized at the 2007 RMAC Hall of Fame and Awards Ceremony on Saturday, July 14 at the Silverwood Hotel and Conference Center in Colorado Springs. In addition, a sign with each athlete's name will be provided to each school for display.

Below is the McLaughlin Award citation for Shandera:

Lindsay Shandera
Thomas F. McLaughlin Award

An Accounting major, Lindsay Shandera has maintained a 3.610 cumulative GPA entering the final semester of her senior year. She has been a three-time Academic All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honoree and is a strong candidate for academic All-American this year.

The undisputed leader of the UCCS softball team, she was named a team captain for the 2007 season. She earned that respect through her conduct both on and off the field.

On the field, Shandera has been one of the most productive players to ever play at UCCS. After hitting .338 as a freshman, she has increased her batting average each season and, with two weeks remaining in her senior season, is hitting .443. She is currently second in the RMAC with a batting average of .443, 57 RBIs, and an on base percentage of .531. Most remarkably, in 165 plate appearances this season, she has struck out only twice.

That's the kind of production to which the Mountain Lions have become accustomed. Shandera is the school career record holder in RBIs (173) and walks (112) and is second in the school record books in home runs (29) and runs scored (141). She has a career batting average of .381.

Lindsay has also made an impact aside from the classroom and the playing field. She has participated in the Halloween BOO-zar and the Edison Elementary School Field Day and has also assisted Coach Tanya Ramsay in giving hitting lessons. In addition, she has served as the primary host for softball campus recruiting visits, organized most of the team dinners and compiled the music for game-day operations.

For her true dedication to her team and to the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus, we are pleased to honor Lindsay Shandera with the 2007 Thomas F. McLaughlin Award.

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