Madeleine Brownsey ’16 Wins Academic and Sports Accolades
By Sarah Bedford
Lacrosse player Madeleine Brownsey ’16 started her college athletics story on a different field. Recruited for the Wilkes field hockey team as a freshman, Brownsey was encouraged by her father to try out for lacrosse. Balancing two sports and academics became quite the task for the Glenside, Pa., native.
“Playing two sports was a lot,” Brownsey explains. “Once one sport ended the other was starting, so balancing that with academics was a little tough. I had to choose one or the other and it ended up being lacrosse.”
This proved to be a perfect fit for Brownsey as she went on to become a record-breaking, multi-award-winning scholar-athlete for the women’s lacrosse team.
Named Wilkes Female Athlete of the Year, Brownsey broke the University record in career goals, scoring 270. She was also named the Middle Atlantic Conference women’s lacrosse offensive Player of the Week and the conference’s Women’s Lacrosse Senior Scholar-Athlete. Brownsey also was the Eastern College Athletics Conference, Division III South Offensive Women’s Player of the Week.
“The most rewarding was the scholar-athlete because it not only recognized the athletics part of my four years but also the academic part. So that was a huge accomplishment,” she says.
The athlete was also a member of the Student Athletics Association Committee her junior and senior years, and chaired the Colonel Charity Challenge. Brownsey, a double major in marketing and sports management, values proper study habits and explained that the structure of her athletic season helped her maintain a 3.68 GPA. Brownsey received two honors at Wilkes’ 2016 Academic Awards Ceremony: the Academic Achievement Award in Sports Management and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Sports Management.
“Playing a sport almost forces you to study ,” she says. “Your time limits when you can work, so when you have that time to do those academics, it’s all spent doing academics.”
She attributes her success in her final season to her teammates. “I was given all these awards and recognitions and statistics and records, but none of it would have been possible without every girl on my team,” Brownsey says.
Looking forward to the future, Brownsey is interviewing for positions in the Philadelphia area hoping to score a position in marketing and advertising with a sports focus.
Sarah Bedford is a senior communication studies and political science major and serves as editor of The Beacon.