The Middlebury women's lacrosse team has been selected as a 2019 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad. Additionally, 11 Panthers landed spots on the Division III Academic Honor Roll, tying The College of New Jersey for the highest individual total among all teams.
To be eligible for the team award, the institution must maintain a cumulative grade point average at or above 3.0. During the 2018-19 academic year, the Panthers boasted a 3.65 team GPA.
Earning spots on the IWLCA Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll were recent May graduates Sara DiCenso (Glastonbury, Conn.), Kate Furber (Manchester, Mass.), Campbell Goldsmith (Darien, Conn.), as well as Henley Hall (Denver, Colo.), Jenna McNicholas (Westport, Conn.), Casey O'Neill (Burlington, Vt.) and Alex White (Dover, Mass.). Also finding places on the list were rising seniors Emily Barnard (Wayland, Mass.), Hannah McKenzie (Hudson, Ohio), Mollie Smith (Marblehead, Mass.) and Kate Zecca (Leesburg, Va.).
The honor roll consisted of student-athletes from all three NCAA divisions, as well as NAIA institutions. Six of the seven recent graduates earned the laurel from the organization for the second-straight year. Each student-athlete chosen was nominated by their respective school and maintain at least junior status for the national honor. They must also have a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or higher.
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 3.50 or better.
Middlebury capped off the 2019 season by claiming its second NCAA Championship in the last four years and seventh title overall. The Panthers finished with a single-season program-tying 22 wins (22-1) and captured their 10th NESCAC Championship. Middlebury's offense finished third in the conference, averaging 14.35 goals per contest and established a single-season program mark with 330 scores. Middlebury led the league in ground balls (453) and caused turnovers (245), while ranking second in draw controls (285). The Panthers also boasted the top scoring defense in the league, allowing just 6.77 goals per game to rank 12th in Division III.