June 29, 2005
Moraga, CA - The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) announced its National Academic Team Awards and its National Honor Roll. The Saint Mary's women's lacrosse team garnered the IWLCA's Academic Squads honors, while Kristin Hurst was named to the National Honor Roll as an individual.
The SMC women's lacrosse team, which carried a squad size of 19 student-athletics, finished the 2004-05 academic year with a cumulative team grade point average of 3.137. The women's lacrosse team, which currently ranks third at SMC in cumulative team GPA, was one of 34 teams recognized as an IWLCA National Academic Team for the Division I level.
Saint Mary's had nine of its 19 student-athletes achieve a 3.0 GPA or better during the spring semester of the 2004-05 academic year. In addition to its success during their competition season, the SMC women's lacrosse team has 13 of their 19 players that have a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
Kristin Hurst, a midfielder for the Gaels the past three seasons, was named to the IWLCA National Honor Roll after finishing the spring semester with a 3.98 grade point average. Earlier this year, Saint Mary's presented Hurst with a plaque for having the highest cumulative GPA (3.92) at the College.
The IWLCA recognized 152 Division I student-athletes with junior or senior standing academically on its 2005 National Honor Roll. The individual student-athlete must have played on the varsity squad and achieve a minimum GPA of 3.2 during the spring semester. Courtney Koester from Northwestern University was named the organization's Scholar-Athlete of the Year.