Hamden, Conn. - The Quinnipiac women's lacrosse team received accolades from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) for academic achievements during the 2009-10 year. The Bobcats are just one of 48 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 this distinction. The Bobcats also landed a program-high seven 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.
"We are very fortunate to have always had strong academic role models among the older players on the team, but to have seven juniors and seniors who have maintained a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA is impressive," said women's head lacrosse coach Danie Caro. "These young women exemplify the term 'student-athlete' and I'm proud of everything that they have achieved on and off the field."
Graduating seniors Kaitlyn Vennard, Katie Latonick, Kelly Bruneau, and Lyndsay Banach, were recognized for their individual academic achievements in the classroom during their final season with the Bobcats. Seniors Stephanie Tuorto (Kings Park, N.Y.), Kaitlyn Kelly (North Massapequa, N.Y.) and Lauren Matuszczak (East Longmeadow, Mass.) were also recognized for their outstanding effort in the classroom. Tuorto is a politcal science major with a minor in history, Kelly is a psychology major with a minor in management, and Matuszczak is pursuing a degree in advertizing to accompany a minor in interactive digital design.
Last season, the Bobcats had six players qualify for the individual award, as Vennard, Banach and Bruneau were honored as juniors."I am very proud of the work my student-athletes did in the classroom this year," Caro said. "The team has always made academic achievement a high priority, and to be honored for the fifth consecutive year is a testament to their ability to set lofty goals and do the work it takes to achieve them."