UNC Field Hockey's Loren Shealy a finalist for Sports Illustrated honor

May 08, 2013, 3:24 p.m. (ET)

UNC Field Hockey's Loren Shealy a finalist for Sports Illustrated honor
Shealy is one of 10 nominess for SI's College Athlete of the Year award

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Loren Shealy, a rising junior on the North Carolina field hockey team, is one of five female finalists for the 2013 Sports Illustrated College Athlete of the Year Award. Five male and five female finalists were announced Wednesday, and the winners will be featured an upcoming issue of SI, which hits newsstands on May 22. Winners also will be featured on SI.com.

The award celebrates one female and one male collegiate student-athlete who have demonstrated excellent performance on the field and in the classroom, sportsmanship and commitment to community.

Shealy, a forward from Charlotte, N.C., is a two-year letterwinner for the Tar Heels and has helped Carolina to two Atlantic Coast Conference titles and two NCAA runner-up finishes. In 2012, she ranked second on the team with 16 goals, was third in points, and earned All-ACC Tournament honors after scoring two goals in the league championship game.  She is the first UNC student-athlete to be part of the prestigious Robertson Scholars program, in which she takes classes at both Carolina and Duke. A business administration major, she has earned Dean’s List and ACC Academic Honor roll recognition each year at UNC. In 2012, she was named to the All-ACC Academic Team and was honored as a Scholar of Distinction by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, recognizing players with GPAs of 3.9 or better during the fall semester.

For more on the College Athlete of the Year Award and the other finalists, go to SI.com.