Lacrosse Lands On IWLCA Academic Honor Roll For 11th Consecutive Season

July 26, 2017

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WASHINGTON -- The George Washington lacrosse team has been tabbed an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I Academic Honor Squad for the 11th straight year and for the 13th time in the past 14 seasons, the organization announced on Wednesday.

The Colonials boasted a 3.11 combined grade-point average for the 2016-17 academic year. To achieve IWLCA Academic Honor Squad status, teams must possess a 3.0 combined GPA or higher. The IWLCA recognized 308 teams in 2017, including 97 at the Division I level. GW was one of nine Atlantic 10 teams honored.

"It is such a tremendous distinction for the program to be recognized for the eleventh straight season as an IWLCA Honor Squad," said head coach Tracy Coyne. "Clearly to Raise High in the classroom has been engrained in our culture. The players value academic achievement and remain committed to succeeding in the classroom."

Rising senior Camaryn Kerns and recent 2017 graduate Natalie Maher also earned individual accolades as they were named to the 2017 IWLCA Zag Sports Division I Academic Honor Roll. To earn a spot on the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must be at least a junior academically and have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or greater. The IWLCA honored 402 student-athletes from 102 different institutions at the Division I level.

A business administration major, Kerns excelled in the classroom and landed on the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List and Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll for the Fall 2016 semester. On the field, the Silver Spring, Md., native tallied one goal and one ground ball in the Colonials' first win of the season against Robert Morris. The attacker also picked up a career-high five ground balls in her junior campaign.

Maher graduated in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication. The Richboro, Pa., native was recognized on the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List and A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll every semester and was a Legacy Leader in GW's Leadership Academy. The defender saw action in all 16 games this past season and recorded a career-high 15 ground balls, one draw control, and two caused turnovers.

"I am so happy that Natalie and Camaryn are being honored by the IWLCA," said Coyne. "It is well deserved recognition. They have worked extremely hard to maintain an outstanding GPA and have been an inspiration to their teammates. Natalie and Camaryn embrace the term student-athlete and have been wonderful role models in the athletic department."



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