Lazar named 2013 Dick Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Named for the CMU alum and sports broadcasting legend who has long championed academic achievement among student-athletes, the Enberg Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award is selected each spring and presented to a student-athlete entering his or her senior season. Recipients must have at least a 3.20 grade-point average, have performed with distinction in their sport and be considered a team leader. Lazar is the first member of the field hockey program to win the award since its inception in 2007.
"Simone is a dedicated student-athlete who is impressive in everything that she does.," said CMU field hockey coach Cristy Freese. "Dick Enberg will be proud to have her name on this award. She is an elite field hockey player and a top student in Chemistry. She is exactly what a student-athlete should be and we are very proud of her."
Lazar (Etobicoke, Ont./Michael Power/St. Joseph HS) has emerged as a standout member of the Chippewas' field hockey program. A two-time All-Mid-American Conference first team selection and two-time member of the All-MAC Tournament team, Lazar was named to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-West Region second team in 2012. In 2011, Lazar was selected as an alternate for the Canadian Junior National Team.
Lazar has appeared in 60 of a possible 61 matches during her career, tallying two goals and six assists from her back position.
A chemistry major with a 3.57 grade-point average, Lazar has twice been named to the Academic All-MAC team and has earned all-academic recognition from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. She has made CMU's Dean's List three of her first six semesters on campus.
Lazar is active with the American Chemical Society and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, serving as the public relations chair for both groups. She also has participated in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, CMU's Jock Rock (an annual mock rock competition that raises funds for charity) and the field hockey program's adopt-a-family effort that assisted a family affected by Hurricane Sandy.