Springfield, Mass. - July 27, 2017 - Being honored for its continued excellence both on the field and in the classroom, the Springfield College women's lacrosse team has earned Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad recognition, announced on Wednesday evening.
Additionally, five members of the 2017 team have been recognized individually, as Bianca Raniolo (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), Julia Bireley (Franklin, Mass.), Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Gabby Anderson (Mahopac, N.Y.) and Sam Scanu (Troy, N.Y.) all landed on the 2017 Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll.
In order for a team to qualify for the IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad recognition, it must have a cumulative team grade-point average of 3.0. To be recognized individually, student-athletes must be a junior, senior or graduate student and have a GPA of 3.50 or better.
The Pride was one of 308 institutions across Division I, II, III and the NAIA to receive the honor, and one of just 143 schools in Division III. Of college's competing in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC), Springfield College had the third most student-athletes recognized, as MIT and Emerson both had six.
It was another impressive season for the Pride in 2017, which won its sixth NEWMAC Regular Season title in program history. Springfield College went 13-5 overall and a perfect 8-0 in conference play. Of the Pride's five student-athletes to land a spot on the Division III Academic Honor Roll, four of them earned All-Conference honors, including Anderson, who was named the 2017 NEWMAC Women's Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Year.