The Middlebury women's lacrosse team has been selected as a 2018 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad. Additionally, 10 Panthers landed spots on the Division III Academic Honor Roll, tying with Rhodes for the second-highest individual mark behind Vassar's 11 recipients.
To be eligible for the team award, the institution must maintain a cumulative grade point average at or above 3.0. During the 2017-18 academic year, the Panthers boasted a 3.61 team GPA.
Earning spots on the IWLCA Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll were recent May graduates Georgia Carroll (Lutherville, Md.), Alex Freedman (Villanova, Pa.), Evie Keating (Hanover, N.H.) and Claire Russell (Hingham, Mass.). Rising seniors Sara DiCenso (Glastonbury, Conn.), Kate Furber (Manchester, Mass.), Campbell Goldsmith (Darien, Conn.), Henley Hall (Denver, Colo.), Casey O'Neill (Burlington, Vt.) and Alex White (Dover, Mass.) also found places on the list.
The honor roll consisted of student-athletes from all three NCAA divisions, as well as NAIA institutions. Carroll, Freedman and Keating earned the laurel from the organization for the second-straight year. Earlier this spring, a total of 18 players were named to the NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team, awarded to those who have completed at least one full year of college study and carry a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.40 or better.
Each student-athlete chosen was nominated by their respective school and they must maintain at least junior status for the national honor. They must also have a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or higher.
Carroll, Freedman, Keating and Russell each received their diplomas last May. DiCenso, Furber, Goldsmith, Hall, O'Neill and White each have one season remaining with the Panthers.
Middlebury finished the 2018 season with a record of 20-3 on the field, advancing to the NCAA Championship game as well as capturing a NESCAC Championship. The 20 victories marked the second-highest total in the program's illustrious history. The Panther offense finished second in the NESCAC, averaging 13.57 goals per contest and tied the program's record with 312 scores set in 2016. Middlebury led the conference in ground balls with 516, while boasting the top scoring defense in the league, allowing just 7.13 goals per game and were first in caused turnovers with 290.