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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."
Georgetown College women's lacrosse finished up its inaugural season with a bang. The No. 3 Tigers (12-4) quickly formed a competitive rival with defending national champion Robert Morris University – Chicago (13-6). In the rubber match between the two programs for National Women's Lacrosse League National Tournament third place, it was Georgetown's late rally that sealed the deal.
Merrisa Heraldson, held in check most of the day, rotated off draw control and caught the start from Laura Cuseo. The right hand side opened up and with 3.2 seconds remaining one of the top scorers in the nation gave GC the 14-13 win.
"We made some adjustments as our offense was a bit stagnant in the second half," said Tiger coach Brandon Davis. "As we went to overtime we had Laura start taking draws and after Robert Morris tied it the field just opened right for Merrisa to do the rest."
Five early goals for Davenport University (16-3) was the undoing for Georgetown College in the National Women's Lacrosse League semifinals. It did not bode well against a No. 2 Panther team the No. 3 Tigers (11-4) struggled to find the back of the net. In two meetings, they managed just seven goals. DU handed Georgetown a 15-3 setback.
GC finishes the season with a battle against West Region foe Robert Morris University in the three-four game 4 pm EST Saturday. This will be the rubber match as the Tigers took the regular season showdown and a week ago the Eagles won the conference tournament championship.
In 13 games, GC has 233 goals – almost a third of a goal every minute.