Women's Lacrosse Team Honored As IWLCA Merit Squad
Pacific is one of 10 teams selected by the women's lacrosse coaching body, recognizing the Boxers for one of the best team GPAs in Division III
QUICK LINK: IWLCA Merit Squads Press Release
FOREST GROVE – The Pacific University women's lacrosse team has been recognized as one of the top programs in the nation in terms of achievement in the classroom.
The 2012 Pacific squad was named Tuesday as a Merit Squad by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). The Boxers were one of just 10 squads recognized by the coaching body from all NCAA divisions.
“These young women represent Pacific University in its highest values,” said Head Coach Wynne Lobel. “I am so proud of their dedication and successes in the classroom and on the field. This team illustrates that being intelligent, competitive, fun, kind and successful are not mutually exclusive in our culture of excellence. This award is a great accomplishment for us and as we enjoy it, we will need to say thanks to all of those who helped support us and create this space where we could be at our best.”
Pacific was selected by virtue of having one of the top three grade point averages among women's lacrosse programs at the NCAA Division III level. Their cumulative grade point average of 3.44 tied for the third best in the division with Wesleyan University of Middletown, Ct. Hamilton College of Clinton, N.Y., had the top Division III GPA at 3.60, while Vassar College of Puughkeepsie, N.Y., finished second with a GPA of 3.52.
The four Division III squads join Division I Merit Squads from American, Brown and Drexel, and Division II honor squads from Georgian Court, Bentley (Mass.) and Philadelphia University.
The Merit Squad distinction is the second major team academic honor for the Pacific women's lacrosse program this season. In October, the team was awarded the President's Cup, which is awarded annually to the Pacific intercollegiate athletic team with the highest cumulative grade point average.
Pacific finished 2012 with their third consecutive winning season, amassing an 8-6 record. Despite a relatively young roster, Pacific saw four individual game records broken as well as four individual season records and six individual career marks. The Boxers also rewrote one team game and three team season records.
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