Eight members of The University of Scranton women's lacrosse team were honored for their work in the classroom on Wednesday, as the group was named to the 2019 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll.
Meanwhile, the Royals were also honored as a team, as they earned a spot on the IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for the 2018-19 academic year, as well.
The eight Royals to earn the accolade from the IWLCA were: senior's Claire Eberle (New Providence, N.J./New Providence), Gabby Lins (Ocean Township, N.J./Ocean Township), and Christine Olert (Katonah, N.Y./Somers), and junior's Julia Cook (Yorktown Heights, N.Y./Yorktown), Erin Putnam (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks South), Becca Russo (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor), Shannon Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh), and Siobhan Warburton (Wantagh, N.Y./Wantagh).
To be eligible for this IWLCA Academic Honor Roll, student-athletes must be a junior, senior, or graduate student and have earned a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater. In all, 630 student-athlete from 166 different institutions at the Division III level was named to the organizations Academic Honor Roll.
For the full list of honorees, click here.
Scranton was also one of 303 schools across Division I, II, III, and NAIA as to be named an IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for the 2018-19 academic year. To qualify for this prestigious honor, the women's lacrosse team must have posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the academic year. The Royals captured the national academic award for the second straight season in '18-19 and just the third time since the organization began presenting the award in 2009.
For the full IWLCA Academic Honor Squad list, click here.
On the field in 2019, the Royals put together their best season in program history, finishing the year with a 16-3 overall mark, while obtaining a national ranking in the final IWLCA Division III Top 25, placing 20th overall. The Royals also finished runners-up in the Landmark Conference for the fourth straight year, as well.
Scranton, who's only three losses on the year were to teams that finished in the final Top 25 ranking in Ithaca and Catholic (twice), used an opportunistic offense and a strong defense to 16 victories for the year. In all, the Royals scored in double-figures in all but one game on the season, while allowing single digits goals 10 times throughout the course of the year.
To follow the Royals women's lacrosse program all year long, be sure to follow the Royals on Instagram and Twitter @ScrantonWLAX.