GRAND LAKE, Colo. – In its first year as a varsity program the Whitworth University lacrosse team made an impact in the classroom as well as on the field. The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association selected the Pirates as a 2019 Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad and four players picked up individual academic recognition.
To qualify for recognition as an IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad, a women's lacrosse team must have posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the academic year. Whitworth was one of 312 schools across all three NCAA divisions and the NAIA to accomplish that feat. The Pirates posted a 3.15 cumulative team GPA in 2018-19.
In addition, Jordan Cain (Jr., Accounting major), Hannah Meador (Jr., Health Science), Caitlin Thomas (Sr., Music Ministry) and Lauren Taylor (Jr., Biophysics) were named to the IWLCA 2019 Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll. To be eligible for this honor, student-athletes must be a junior, senior, or graduate student and have earned a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater. The IWLCA honored 650 student-athletes from 172 different institutions on the 2019 IWLCA Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll.
Cain, who had a 3.92 GPA, played in all 15 matches and finished with 11 goals and four assists. Meador (3.726) also competed in every contest for the Pirates in 2019 and totaled 14 goals and one assist. Thomas (3.616) started half of the team's matches in goal. Taylor (3.934) battled through injuries to play in seven matches and scored two goals.