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The inaugural NAIA women's lacrosse coaches' poll came out Tuesday evening and Georgetown College is receiving high praise and respect after its Top 3 finish in the NWLL a year ago.
The Tigers come in at No. 2 with 105 voting points, right behind Savannah College of Arts and Design with 120 points. This is the first of 11 polls to be released through May 17. The first regular season poll will come out March 1 and every week from there until Sunday, April 24. The postseason final poll will be out on May 17.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse is set to enter its second varsity season, playing as full members of the National Women's Lacrosse League as well as having the option to play in some tournaments and games in the NAIA.
Currently NAIA schools such as Georgetown have been forced to play in leagues such as NWLL, but soon those teams will be able to join the rest of their schools teams in the NAIA governing body. One move was to create a coaches' association to begin to help shape the formation of this growing sport.
The Tigers' national prominence or coach Brandon Davis' vast knowledge of the game has not been lost on the NAIA in its development stages as it recently announced he would serve as the second president of the National Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse had two individuals recognized for their excellence in the classroom. Lindsey Woosely and Anna Joy Thompson received the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaching Association academic honors announced Monday by the league office.
Woosely graduated this past spring with a major in exercise science and minor in chemistry and biology. Thompson was a junior who spent the spring semester studying aboard at Oxford University. She is majoring in environmental science with a minor in sustainable community development.
The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced 262 schools across three divisions as academic honor squads. Georgetown College is only one of two NAIA programs to receive the recognition.
The Tigers are part of the IWLCA's Division II – made of NCAA Division II and NAIA schools. In order to garner the accolade, a team must collectively maintain a 3.0 grade point average.
"This is really exciting," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "In our first varsity season we achieved both the goal to be solid students and successful athletes. This award delves deeper into our commitment as a unit to excel in all we do. I'm very proud of all my student-athletes that helped to make this possible."
This goes along with the Tigers finishing No. 3 nationally this past season. Georgetown beat two top ranked teams during its first season as well as won the NWLL West Region with a perfect 6-0 standing.
Georgetown College women's lacrosse continues to reap the rewards of hardwork and dedication. Following the National Women's Lacrosse League National Tournament championship game, a 12-member all-tournament team was announced.
The No. 3 Tigers represented one-sixth of that team with Bea Cameron and Merrisa Heraldson earning the honor.
"It's an honor, especially knowing that these awards are secondary to our players," said GC coach Brandon Davis. "Every one of my student-athletes puts team first and that is why we've accomplished what we have."