Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association has announced that Delaney McMorris of LaGrange, N.Y. has received a Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll Scholarship.

McMorris played for the LaGrange Sparks in the East Hudson Youth Soccer League, with Eastern New York’s Olympic Development Program and volunteered for the past seven years with LaGrange’s TOPSoccer Program as well as throughout her hometown.

At Arlington High School, she was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society, was captain and All-League in soccer, All-County and All-League in track plus received the New York State Scholar/Athlete Award for the past four years. She helped create the Arlington Backpack Program that provides weekend meals for nearly 100 students facing food insecurity.

McMorris also is a soccer referee who received the Section I Athletics Sportsmanship Award.

In her essay, McMorris wrote that “after my first year of playing travel soccer, I was cut from my team. Despite this, I still saw myself as a soccer player so my Dad created a new team of all the girls who were cut. I became self-motivated and consistently worked hard to improve my soccer skills. As a sixth grader, my hard work paid off when I was selected to the ODP team. I valued the exposure to new coaches and learned to always utilize the feedback I was given.”

The scholarship’s namesakes, Patricia Louise Masotto and Brenda Driscoll, were best friends and top women’s soccer players from Massapequa, Long Island and Eastern New York set up a scholarship in their name after they were killed by a drunk driver in 1985. The scholarship is determined by success in high school as well as community service.

McMorris will study architecture and playing sports at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute starting this fall.

Front Row Soccer editor Michael Lewis has covered 13 World Cups (eight men, five women), seven Olympics and 25 MLS Cups. He has written about New York City FC, New York Cosmos, the New York Red Bulls and both U.S. national teams for Newsday and has penned a soccer history column for the Guardian.com. Lewis, who has been honored by the Press Club of Long Island and National Soccer Coaches Association of America, is the former editor of BigAppleSoccer.com. He has written seven books about the beautiful game and has published ALIVE AND KICKING The incredible but true story of the Rochester Lancers. It is available at Amazon.com.