The Liberty women's lacrosse program has been tabbed an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for its efforts in the classroom, this year.
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The Liberty women's lacrosse program has been tabbed an Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad, as released by the IWLCA on Monday.
"I am extremely proud of our girls for earning this award. They continue to work hard on and off the field," stated Liberty Women's Lacrosse Head Coach Kelly Nangle. "I am grateful for our academic stuff who work tirelessly with our student-athletes to ensure that they are successful in the classroom. This is a great accomplishment for our program."
To qualify for the prestigious honor, a team must have posted a 3.0 team grade-point average (GPA) or higher for the academic year. The 2017-18 academic year marks the fourth time the team has achieved the award in its nine-year history. Liberty lacrosse achieved a 3.13 overall GPA through the 2017-18 academic year.
In addition to the team recognition, three Lady Flames – Kayla Foster, Faith Wells and Katherine Widrick – garnered inclusion on the 2018 IWLCA Zag Sports Division I Academic Honor Roll.
"Kayla, Faith and Katherine exemplify what it means to be a student-athlete. I am excited to see them get recognized for all of their hard work," Nangle said.
To be eligible for the honor, student-athletes must be a junior, senior or graduate student and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher. The IWLCA recognized 429 student-athletes from 98 different schools across the country.
Liberty has now boasted three student-athletes in the listing on four separate occasions (2011, 2015 and 2017 and 2018) and each of the past two years.
Foster's selection marks her second academic award of the 2017-18 academic year but first recognition from the IWLCA. The Sewickley, Pa., native garnered inclusion on the Big South All-Academic squad for her efforts in the classroom. Foster, a Big South All-Conference selection in 2018 who led the team in points (65) and finished No. 21 in the nation in assists per game (2.11), is majoring in exercise science: pre-professional.
Wells is making her second consecutive appearance on the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll after achieving the same feat in 2017. After Wells graduating in May 2017 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education integrated studies: English, the Haymarket, Va., native is now working on a master's degree in executive leadership. Wells served as a team captain again in 2018 for a Lady Flames team that had its best season in school history at 13-5 overall and 6-1 in the Big South.
Widrick, who just wrapped up her junior campaign, is being recognized for the first time by the IWLCA. The Camillus, N.Y., native is majoring in mathematics and enjoyed a highly successful third year on the lacrosse field for Liberty. She finished second in the nation in goals-against average (8.29) and fifth in save percentage (.519) while posting a 6-2 record and 98 saves in 18 contests.
In total, 313 schools across Division I, II, III and NAIA were honored as IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squads.