By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/5/08
Senior midfielder Grace King (Academy of the New Church) capped a brilliant career by being named the King’s College Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the Atlantic Conference Women’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
King was named to the King’s Dean’s List all eight semesters and graduates with a 3.971 overall grade-point average i n Psychology and Business. She was a combined five-time MAC All-Academic selection in both field hockey and lacrosse and was a three-time selection to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-Academic squad.
In lacrosse, despite missing her junior year to study in Australia, she graduated as the second all-time leading scorer in program history with 152 total points and also ranks second all-time in King’s history with 139 goals.
This year King collected 45 goals and five assists for the Lady Monarchs (3-13 overall). She also helped the King’s field hockey team win Freedom Conference championships in 2006 and 2007 while leading the Lady Monarchs to two straight NCAA Division III National Tournament berths as a two-time all-conference defender/midfielder.
“She is just a phenomenal person,” King’s field hockey coach and athletic director Cheryl Ish said. “She is very driven. She does it in a very unassuming way.
“She was definitely a leader on our team and definitely a leader on the women’s lacrosse team. She was a complete student-athlete who absolutely epitomizes what we think of when think of a Division III student-athlete.”
Gates, Ellis also excelled at King’s
Also at King’s, senior midfielder Melissa Gates (Jenkintown) had 30 goals and three assists and led the team with 44 groundballs. Gates had 84 career goals. Gates also excelled in the classroom, garnering a GPA of 3.915 while being named the MAC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a senior.
Sophomore midfielder Shannon Ellis (Upper Darby) led King’s with 17 caused turnovers and had 30 groundballs. She scored two goals.