Women's Lacrosse Earns Second Straight IWLCA Academic Squad Honor
Sept. 15, 2008
WASHINGTON, DC - The George Washington women's lacrosse team earned Academic Squad from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) for the second consecutive season and fourth time in the last five years, the organization announced August 10. Caitlin Garman and Hayley McDonough, both 2008 graduates, were also named to the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll for the second year in a row.
GW joined 50 other Division I schools on the Academic Squad, while Garman and McDonough were among the 159 Division I student-athletes who earned Honor Roll recognition. The program's Honor Squad selection was its fourth since 2004. Teams must have a combined grade-point average of 3.0 or greater to be eligible for academic team honors. Individuals must possess a 3.2 GPA or higher and have reached junior academic standing.
GW's career saves leader, Garman was the first three-time Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team selection in the seven-year women's lacrosse program's history. A communication major and two-time CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District II pick, Garman finished third in the A-10 with a .464 save percentage and fourth in the league with 149 saves in 2008. She finished her four-year career with a school-record 493 saves and 30 victories.
McDonough, a psychology major, tallied a single-season career-best 16 points on 10 goals and six assists in 2008. She also set or matched career-highs in ground balls (16), draws (11) and caused turnovers (9) and exploded for five goals and three draws in a 21-10 victory at Saint Mary's (CA) on March 17. She closed her four-year career with 44 points on 32 goals and 12 assists.
GW closed the 2008 season with wins over previous league unbeaten Richmond and Saint Joseph's to narrowly miss qualifying for the A-10 Championship for the second year-in-a-row. The Colonials finished 5-11 overall, 3-4 in the Atlantic 10, with nine of the team's 11 losses coming by four goals or less, including four one-goal losses.