Sandwich High School senior Maggie Layo was named the Will McDonough/Boston Globe Athlete of the Year on Sunday, June 22, at the Boston Globe building in Boston. The 2013-14 public school male and female Globe Athlete of the Year Awards were renamed in Will McDonough’s memory after his death in 2003. The male winner was Needham’s Mike Panepinto for lacrosse and football. Sandwich’s Layo won the female athlete of the year for field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse.
“While there have been scholar-athletes recognized from the area recently, there has not been an Athlete of the Year Award recipient from the Cape and Islands in almost 20 years,” Sandwich High School athletic administrator Neil Murphy said.
Rebecca Sangster from Falmouth High School received the award in the 1995/96 season.
Over the course of her four-year high school career Layo was named a two-time Boston Globe All-Scholastic recipient (field hockey 2013, ice hockey 2014) and a two-time Boston Herald All-Scholastic (field hockey 2013, ice hockey 2014).
A three-sport athlete for all four years, her teams never missed postseason competition. As a senior she captained the field hockey, ice hockey and lacrosse teams. She was an eight-time Atlantic Coast League All-Star.
She holds the school record as the all-time points leader in ice hockey and is currently the Massachusetts single season leader in assists with 49. She represented the Lady Knights in the 2014 MIAA Shriners All-Star Hockey game last winter.
As a member of the Cape Cod Storm U19 AAU team she won both a state and national championship this season.
The Globe’s Athletes of the Year received their awards for a year’s worth of success in the classroom and in athletics. The Scholar-Athletes each receive a $3,000 scholarship. Richard Phelps, president of Phelps Industries in Wakefield, partners with the Globe in the award.
Layo will attend Endicott College this fall and plans to play field hockey.