O'Brien, Phillips Named to IWLCA Academic Honor Roll
Aug. 27, 2012
WASHINGTON - Following the George Washington lacrosse team's sixth straight Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Academic Squad honor, the governing body announced that rising senior Caitlyn O'Brien and recent graduate Sarah Phillips earned IWLCA Academic Honor Roll distinction.
The Colonials joined 41 other NCAA Division I institutions on the Academic Squad list, while O'Brien and Phillips are two of 173 student-athletes from 56 schools to earn Honor Roll recognition for the 2011-12 academic year. To achieve Honor Roll status, individuals must possess a 3.5 grade-point average or higher or were in the top 10 percent of their squad and have reached junior academic standing. Alongside the pair are student-athletes from fellow Atlantic 10 members Duquesne, La Salle, St. Bonaventure, Saint Joseph's and Temple.
O'Brien, a business, economics and public policy major, is a two-year defensive starter for the Colonials. During the 2012 season she picked up 25 ground balls, good for fifth on the team, and won nine draw controls. A native of Scottsdale, Ariz., O'Brien has been named to the A-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll each of her three years at GW, and this past year she was named to the GW Department of Athletics and Recreation Academic Dean's List for the spring 2011 and fall 2011 semesters.
Phillips, a 2010-11 IWLCA Academic Honor Roll honoree, graduated from GW in May with a degree in finance. An A-10 All-Conference selection all four years with the Colonials, Phillips began her record-setting career as the A-10's Rookie of the Year in 2009, was honored with Second Team All-Conference accolades after leading the Colonials in scoring as both a sophomore and junior, and capped her career with First Team honors. Recipient of the 2012 Lynn George Outstanding Senior Female Student-Athlete award, Phillips is GW's all-time assists and points leader, in addition to owning the program's single-season points record. Phillips joined the squad's 100 career goals list this spring alongside classmate Megan Seidman. The Downingtown, Pa., native has earned three A-10 All-Academic Team selections and has appeared on the Colonials' Athletics Department Academic Dean's List all seven semesters.
GW closed the 2012 season with a 10-7 overall record, marking the most wins in a season since 2007. With a 4-3 mark in the A-10, the Colonials also made their first trip to the conference championship in three years.