Aug. 25, 2009
STANFORD, Calif. - The Stanford women's lacrosse team was one of three around the nation to earn recognition as a IWLCA Division I Merit Squad for having a combined grade-point average of at least 3.5.
Stanford's 3.52 team gpa was second to Wagner's 3.53, not only in Division I, but among all three NCAA divisions. Hofstra, at 3.50, was the only other Division I team to make the Merit Squad standard. The award was given by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
The Merit Squad award caps a 2009 season that was hugely successful both on and off the field.
On the field, Stanford (14-4) won its fifth consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship, tied a school record for victories, set a record for single-season goals (264) and pulled off an upset at No. 3 Penn.
Off the field, the Cardinal placed 14 players on the Academic All-MPSF team and also received Stanford's prestigious Thomas W. Ford Award, which is given by the school to the team that is most active in the community.
The lacrosse team was involved in Second Mile program, helping refurbish an East Palo Alto elementary school; the Bay Area Women's Sports Initiative, helping lead physical fitness programs at Redwood City's Selby Lane School; and adopting a girl with a pediatric brain tumor and welcoming her as part of the team.