PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Across the board, it was a great year for the Johnson & Wales University women's lacrosse team. The Wildcats won their first conference championship and were recognized for their efforts in the classroom by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association.
The team received a spot on the IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squads while four student-athletes were selected for the IWLCA Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll. Teams must have a 3.0 grade point average or higher to make the list while student-athletes must be a junior, senior, or graduate student and have earned a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater.
Members of the Academic Honor Roll are:
Raquel Pederzani, Junior, Criminal Justice
Sofia Ready, Junior, Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing
Alecxia Riddell, Junior, Fashion Merchandising and Retail Marketing
Kayla Smith, Senior, Hotel and Lodging Management
Johnson & Wales was one of two GNAC schools to land on the Honor Squad and the four representatives on the Academic Honor Roll were the most of any team in the league.
As a team, the Wildcats posted a 3.15 GPA. Ten student-athletes had a 3.25 GPA or better to earn a spot on the GNAC Academic All-Conference team. Leading the way was sophomore Sabrina Kachurka with a perfect 4.00.
In just its fourth season, the Wildcats captured the GNAC Championship and competed in their first NCAA Tournament. After a 16-5 record, including an undefeated GNAC slate, Johnson & Wales will have to replace 10 players, including GNAC all-time leading scorer Lydia Knapp and 2017 GNAC Goalkeeper of the Year Marianna Consiglio.