Lacrosse Named IWLCA Academic Honor Squad
Aug. 13, 2014

CINCINNATI - For the third time in as many weeks, the University of Cincinnati lacrosse team has been honored for academic excellence. This time, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) has designated the Bearcats an Academic Honor Squad for 2013.

Cincinnati was one of 84 Division I women's lacrosse teams to earn the distinction this summer, posting a team grade-point average of at least 3.0 for the 2013-14 academic year. UC was one of seven programs in the BIG EAST to receive the honor (Georgetown, Louisville, Marquette, Rutgers, Temple and Villanova), giving the league seven of eight members on the list, as well as incoming programs Florida and Vanderbilt.

"It's a great honor to be recognized by the IWLCA for our program's academic achievements," said rising senior Michelle Platz (Cincinnati, Ohio/St. Ursula). "The UC lacrosse program works with a shared vision of discipline and excellence towards a common goal of success both on the field and in the classroom. Winning academic awards is a testament to the team's focus on developing strong, well-rounded student-athletes."

Classmate Jillian Magnotta (Timonium, Md./Dulaney) emphasized that it's part of a continuing process in building the program.

"This award means we are competing on and off the field towards something that each of us are very proud of," Magnotta said.

Over the past month, the Bearcats also earned the BIG EAST Team Excellence Award for posting the highest GPA of any women's lacrosse team in the conference. In addition, the Bearcats had 18 of 20 eligible team members named to the league's All-Academic Team for posting an individual GPA of at least 3.0 during the school year. The Team Excellence Award marked the fifth time in seven years as a member of the BIG EAST that UC took home the hardware for highest GPA.