WASHINGTON - The Catholic University of America's women's lacrosse team was recognized Monday by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) for its academic achievement off the field.
The Cardinals were one of 339 schools across Division I, II, III, and NAIA to be named an IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for the 2017-18 academic year for earning a team grade point average of 3.0 or higher. The Cards, who accumulated a 3.54 GPA in 2017-18, have now received this prestigious honor in 12 consecutive seasons.
In addition, seven members of the team landed individual honors with their selections to the 2018 IWLCA/Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll. A total of 639 student-athletes from 189 institutions were named for the award that is eligible to juniors, seniors, or graduate students that have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater.
Megan Ellis, Erin Dugan, Jessica Lyons, Kayla Purdy, and Molly Kelly all made the mark for strong grades during their junior season, and Nicolette Crisalli and Jenna Gobel earned the honor as seniors. Catholic's seven recipients led the Landmark Conference list that totaled 31 Landmark women's lacrosse student-athletes.
The Cardinals finished the season 15-7 and 9-0 against conference competition, winning the Landmark Championship over Scranton. The Cards then won their first two NCAA Tournament matchups against Johnson & Wales and Rowan before falling to York College in the Regional Semifinal.
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