COLUMBIA, Md.- Graduate student Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) was chosen as the Division I winner of the 2019 Maryland Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (MACDA) post-graduate scholarship award, the association announced on Wednesday. McDonald is the first recipient of this award since 2016 when women's swimming and diving's Catherine Frediani was honored and the school's 13th overall recipient.
McDonald is currently enrolled in Geography and Environmental Systems master's program, which she started after graduating in three years with her bachelor's in Environmental Science. The program's first three-time America East All-Academic Team selection, McDonald was also named to the America East Commissioner's Honor Roll and earned ECAC Spring President's Honor Roll and IWLCA Academic Honor Roll honors. She was awarded the Geography and Environmental Systems Department Outstanding Senior Award, Student Affairs Leadership Award, was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was inducted into UMBC's chapter of Chi Alpha Sigma. McDonald was also chosen as a finalist for the America East's Woman of the Year award in 2018-19 and earned UMBC's Matt Skalsky Scholar-Athlete Award in 2018.
On the field, McDonald was a four-year starter for the women's lacrosse team, becoming one of the most decorated players in program history. The attacker, who was named to the America East All-Conference Second Team twice in her career, accumulated 133 career goals, which ranks sixth overall in program history, and 155 points which is 12th in UMBC history. McDonald scored double-digits in points and goals in all four seasons that she took to the field for the Retrievers and own the single-season record for goals with 62 in 2017, and was honored as one of the Most Outstanding Senior Athletes at the 2019 Grittys Awards.
McDonald was honored along with McDaniel College's Gavin Gibson and Howard Community College's Leigh McDonald.
The MACDA Postgraduate Scholarship recognizes superior work in the classroom and on the field. The honorees represent three Maryland or DC institutions of higher learning and differing levels of NCAA or NJCAA competition, one from a Division I program, one from a Division II or III institution, and one from a two-year college who will be attending a four-year college or university the following fall. Each recipient will receive a one-time grant of $500 upon their enrollment in a post-graduate 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.