Merrimack Announces Finalists for Male Rookie of the Year; Vote Online Today


NORTH ANDOVER, MA – Vince Bellino (Amesbury, MA), Joe Carnevale (East Providence, RI), and Jamie Shand (Massapequa, NY) have been named finalists for the 2011-12 Merrimack Male Rookie of the Year.

Fans can log on to to vote for who they think should be this year’s winner. Voting on facebook only counts for a portion of final vote.

The winners will be announced at Merrimack’s annual Leadership, Education, Athletics and Development (LEAD) Awards on April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Rogers Center.

Leading the men’s tennis team to the Northeast-10 Championship and likely a fifth-straight NCAA appearance, Bellino was named to the Northeast-10 second team for singles and first team for doubles and was also an all-rookie honoree. He owns a 13-7 mark in singles play and is a three-time Northeast-10 Rookie of the Week. An accounting major, Bellino leads the men’s tennis team into conference tournament action beginning Thursday.

A business major, Carnevale leads the team with 45 strikeouts in 48.2 innings. He sports a 3-1 record in eight starts with a 2.40 ERA and is a two-time NE-10 Rookie of the Week. Also named the NE-10 Pitcher of the Week once, Carnevale is part of a starting rotation that has guided the baseball team to one of the most improved program in the league with a 17-17 record as it continues to battle for a playoff spot.

Starting all 11 games for the nationally-ranked men’s lacrosse team, Shand is fourth on the team with 27 points and second with 17 assists. The NE-10 Rookie of the Week on March 26, Shand recorded eight assists against Dominican, most ever by a Merrimack freshman and second-most in school history. A history major, Shand is a part of a team that was ranked third nationally in early April, its highest national ranking ever.

Last year’s winner was Chris Barnhart (Longmeadow, MA) from the men’s tennis team.

Over the next week, Merrimack is unveiling the finalists for its major awards online at The winners will all be announced at the LEAD Awards on April 25 in the Rogers Center at 6 p.m.

April 17 – Community Service finalists

April 18 – Male and Female Rookie of the Year finalists

April 20 – Male and Female Scholar Athlete of the Year finalists

April 23 – Male and Female Athlete of the Year finalists