Courtesy of the Landmark Conference
TOWSON, Md. — Catholic defender Tori Neill has been chosen as the 2015 Landmark Women's Lacrosse Senior Scholar Athlete. Neill is the third Cardinal to be recognized this academic year, joining Maura Campbell (field hockey) and Julia Wisler (women's swimming & diving), and she is the second-straight Catholic women's lacrosse player to be honored after Yasmeen Ajdari took home the award in 2013-14.
The Cardinals ended the year ranked No. 6 in Division III after falling in the NCAA quarterfinals to eventual champions SUNY-Cortland, with Neill anchoring a backline that held opponents to single digit goal totals in each of the team's final eight victories. The Voorhees, N.J., native earned First-Team All-Region and First-Team All-Landmark recognition for a second consecutive season, and she was also named a Second-Team IWLCA All-American for the first time in her career. Neill appeared in 18 games this spring and finished with 36 ground balls and 26 caused turnovers.
In the classroom, Neill has a 3.69 grade-point average while majoring in international business and minoring in Spanish. Included in the average is a 4.0 GPA during the 2013 spring semester, when she was forced to take classes from home while undergoing chemotherapy and radiation cancer treatments. Neill is a seven-time Dean's List member, she received the Distinguished International Business Major award earlier this year and she is a part of the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society.
Neill has additionally participated in the national Martin Luther King Jr. day of service in each of her four years at Catholic, and she was a part of the school's Polar Plunge and Relay for Life as both a junior and a senior.
The Landmark Conference selects 20 senior scholar athletes each year to recognize the top student-athlete in each sport based on academics and athletics.
The honorees must have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.20 and are selected by a committee of Landmark Conference officers, athletics directors, and sports information directors. Chosen at the end of each sport season, the eight spring honorees will be announced between June 1-11, with one winner named each morning from Monday through Thursday over the next two weeks.
2015 Landmark Spring Senior Scholar Athletes
Baseball – Kristopher Davis, Elizabethtown
Softball – Stephanie Romano, Scranton
Men's Lacrosse – Troy Smith, USMMA
Women's Lacrosse – Tori Neill, Catholic
Men's Tennis – TBA June 8
Women's Tennis – TBA June 9
Men's Outdoor Track & Field – TBA June 10
Women's Outdoor Track & Field – TBA June 11