Middlebury's Evie Keating Wins NCAA Elite 90 Award for Women's Lacrosse

Middlebury's Evie Keating Wins NCAA Elite 90 Award for Women's Lacrosse

Courtesy Middlebury Sports Information

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - Middlebury's Evie Keating (Hanover, N.H.) was named the recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award for the 2016 NCAA Division III Women's Lacrosse Championship.

The sophomore defender is majoring in Conservation Biology (Joint Environmental Studies and Biology) and carries a 3.786 grade point average. She was presented with the award on Friday evening at the annual women's lacrosse championship banquet in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Keating is the second student-athlete from Middlebury to earn the award, as Alice Pfeifer earned the honor in women's ice hockey at the 2013 banquet. 

The Elite 90, 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.

Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling, and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.

The Panthers (20-1) will play in the NCAA semifinal against Cortland State (21-0) on Saturday, May 28 at 12:00 p.m. in Talen Energy Stadium.

For more information on the Elite 90 award winners, log on to:

http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/events/awards/elite-90-academic-recognition-award-program