LOWELL, Mass. – UMass Lowell senior softball pitcher Marielle Handley (Durham, Conn.) received the University Scholar-Athlete Award at the 2016 Commencement Eve Celebration at the UMass Lowell Inn and Conference Center.
Handley earned the distinction for having the highest cumulative grade point average of all graduating student-athletes. She finishes her collegiate tenure boasting a 3.97 GPA.
“Mari works hard in every part of her life and I am happy that she is getting recognized for being such a great student-athlete,” coach Danielle Henderson said.
Handley was named to the Dean’s List every semester of her River Hawk career. Her academic success has been recognized by the America East Conference, as she was named to the league’s All-Academic Team for softball in 2014-15. She is also a two-time America East Commissioner’s Honor Roll selection.
Outside of the classroom, Handley has served as a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee member for the last three years and as one of her squad’s Team IMPACT Ambassadors, as well.
On the field, the pitcher has etched her name in the program’s record book for several categories over the last four years. Despite throwing just 21.1 innings in 2016 due to illness, she ranks third all-time with 103 career appearances and 88 starts. Handley also sits in the top five on the career lists for most innings pitched (522.2) and strikeouts (299.)
Handley plans to continue her education to earn a doctorate of physical therapy. She hopes to pursue a career in neurological physical therapy.