Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 8/24/12
From Press Release
The IWLCA has recognized 10 schools – including Drexel and Philadelphia University – as earning Merit Squad status for the 2012 season, with schools honored in each division. Institutions were named Merit Squads by virtue of having one of the top three team GPAs for the season. In addition, all teams that posted team GPAs of 3.0 or higher were recognized earlier this year as Academic Squads.
In Division III, Hamilton College led all institutions with a 3.60 GPA. Vassar College (3.52), Wesleyan University (3.44) and Pacific University (3.44) also earned Merit Squad honors after each being previously honored as one of 71 schools that earned Academic Squad honors. This is Vassar’s second consecutive year as a Merit Squad honoree. Earlier this year, these three institutions were recognized as 61 schools earned Academic Squad honors from the IWLCA.
Georgian Court University boasted the highest team GPA in Division II with a 3.40 mark. Bentley University (3.39) and Philadelphia (3.36) were both honored as well. Earlier this year, 19 teams, including these three institutions, were recognized as Academic Squads.
The institution in Division I with the highest team GPA was American University, an honor the institution also earned in 2011. The Eagles forged a 3.66 team GPA. Brown earned the Merit Squad status for the second consecutive year with a team GPA of 3.51, just edging out Drexel’s 3.50. These three schools were part of the 42 institutions that were named Academic Squads earlier this week.
Georgian Court University
The IWLCA has recognized 42 Division I schools as earning Academic Squad honors for the 2012 season. Every school with a team GPA of 3.0 or higher earned Academic Squad honors, including NCAA semifinalist Florida. Seven squads that participated in the NCAA Championships were named as Academic Squads.
Saint Mary’s (CA)
The IWLCA has recognized 19 Division II schools in Division II as earning Academic Squad honors for the 2011 season. Every school with a team GPA of 3.0 or higher earned Academic Squad honors, including NCAA runner-up West Chester and NCAA semifinalist Rollins. Three of the six teams that participated in the NCAA Cchampionships in 2012 were named Academic Squads.
Grand Valley State
The IWLCA has recognized 61 Division III schools in Division III as earning Academic Squad honors for the 2012 season. Every school with a team GPA of 3.0 or higher earned Academic Squad honors, including NCAA champion Trinity College, NCAA runner-up Salisbury University, and NCAA semifinalists SUNY Cortland and Middlebury College. Sixteen of the teams that participated in the 2012 NCAA Championships were named Academic Squads.
Notre Dame (MD)
St. Mary’s (MD)
Washington & Lee
Western New England