Women's Lacrosse Honored By IWLCA For Academic Achievements

HAMDEN, Conn. - The Quinnipiac University women's lacrosse team was recognized by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) for academic achievements during the 2008-09 year. The Bobcats are one of just 49 Division I teams to be honored as an IWLCA Academic Squad. A team must post a collective grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher to be eligible to receive the distinction. The Bobcats also landed six players from last year's team to the individual IWLCA Academic Squad. Players must be at least a junior with a GPA of at least 3.5 to qualify for the honor.

"I am incredibly proud of the six student-athletes that earned individual recognition from the IWLCA," said head coach Danie Caro. "They epitomize what it means to be a student-athlete and have been tremendous role models for our younger players."

Graduating seniors Tiffany Manzi, Ashley Valentine and Hannah Nelson were recognized for the individual achievements in the classroom during their final season with the Bobcats. The junior class had three representatives as Kaitlyn Vennard (Albany, N.Y.), Lyndsey Banach (Syracuse, N.Y.) and Kelly Bruneau (Cheshire, Conn.) all were honored as well. Vennard is pursuing a degree as a Physician's Assistant, Bruneau is majoring in economics, while Banach is studying both mathematics and secondary education.

Last season, the Bobcats had two players qualify for the individual award as Manzi and Nelson were honored as juniors.

"Overall, our student-athletes have been impressive in their commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence," Caro added. "This is the fourth year in a row that we have earned Academic Squad honors, and we hope to see that trend continue."