Courtesy Tufts Sports Information
PHILADELPHIA – The Tufts men's lacrosse team is in Philadelphia to play for its third consecutive Division III National Championship on Sunday. But, on Friday night it wasn't their on-the-field accomplishments that got acknowledged, but the off-the-field ones. Junior Tyler Olney, a mechanical engineering major from Clifton Park, N.Y., was named the Elite 90 award winner for the 2016 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.
Olney, who has a GPA of 3.85, was presented with the award during the men's lacrosse banquet at The Franklin Institute. The banquet was attended by both Tufts and Salibury, the team they will battle on Sunday, in addition to the two Division II men's lacrosse teams playing in the finals and the four Division III women's lacrosse teams playing their semifinals and final this weekend.
The Elite 90 award, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's championships.
Olney joins Jumbo graduate D.J. Hessler as Elite 90 award winners in the men's lacrosse program. Hessler, a biomedical engineering major who graduated in 2011, was the Elite 88 award winner at the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Lacrosse Championship.