HAMDEN, Conn. Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse junior midfielder Lyndsey Banach (Syracuse, N.Y.) has been honored as one of two players from across the nation with the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's Community Awareness Award. The IWLCA also honored Pfeiffer's Patty Hunter as the recipient of the Community Awareness honor, while Princeton's Kristin Schwab, Southern New Hampshire's Julie Kraus and Elizabethtown's Anna Ford were named the IWLCA's Scholar-Athlete of the Year from across all three Divisions.
Over the course of the last year, Banach served as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) helping prepare Thanksgiving baskets for local families, while also assisting in the Toys For Tots collection drive in December. She also worked with the Hamden Youth Soccer Program in the fall, serving as a volunteer coach for five-year old boys, teaching the game's fundamentals at one practice and one game a week for 10 weeks.
Banach is a member of the Quinnipiac Future Teacher's Organization (QFTO). She and others in QFTO volunteered with local youths, including a Halloween benefit for underprivileged children. As an assistant captain of the Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team this past season, she organized youth clinics in the fall. Banach organized the clinics' programs, determined work assignments for other members of the team and helped coordinate transportation for volunteers and equipment to and from sites.
In the winter, Banach helped get her team involved in Verizon's Hopeline. The project was designed to benefit the victims of domestic violence through the collection and recycling of old cell phones. She organized the collection and publicity of the event that collected several boxes of cell phones for the cause. Banach also worked as a volunteer at the Relay For Life with other members of her team.
Prior to the season-opening game against UConn this season, Banach and her teammates helped raise funds for the Friends of Jaclyn. Quinnipiac wore Friends of Jaclyn t-shirts during warm-ups with profits from purchasing the t-shirts to go directly to the organization. Friends of Jaclyn is a non-profit organization geared towards improving the lives of children and their families affected by pediatric brain tumors. Each Quinnipiac women's lacrosse player and coach made personal donations to the charitable fund.
"Lyndsey is one of the most generous athletes I have ever coached," said Head Coach Danie Caro. She has great community spirit and really enjoys making a positive impact in the lives of others. It is very flattering for Lyndsey's efforts to be recognized by the IWLCA, since there are so many women's lacrosse players doing wonderful things in each of their communities. I am incredibly proud of Lyndsey and pleased that she continues to be a role model for all of our stent-athletes."