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Women's Lacrosse Places Seven On IWLCA Academic Honor Roll

BALTIMORE - The Loyola University Maryland women's lacrosse team was named an IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for the 2016-17 academic year, while seven Greyhounds – Olivia Blakeman, Taylor Caldwell, Emily Clark, Amanda Ignacio, Frankie Kamely, Bailey Mathis and Hannah Savage – were all named to the 2017 IWLCA Zag Sports Division I Academic Honor Roll, as released Wednesday.

This marks the first accolade for Blakeman, Clark, Ignacio, Kamely and Savage, while it's the second-straight year Caldwell and Mathis have been honored.

To be eligible for the individual honor, a student-athlete must be a junior, senior or graduate student and have earned a cumulative academic grade-point average of 3.50 or greater. For the prestigious team award, the squad must have posted a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA for the academic year.

Blakeman carries a 3.54 as a dual major in chemistry and theology. A rising senior from Vero Beach, Florida, Blakeman earned a medical redshirt this past season.

Caldwell graduated with a 3.61 grade-point average and a degree in communications this May. The goalkeeper from Oceanport, New Jersey, logged 460 minutes between the pipes for the Greyhounds and concluded her career with a 9.13 goals against average and .412 save percentage, turning back 49 shots in 26 games.

Clark earned degree in biology this spring, graduating with a cumulative 3.50 GPA. A midfielder from Street, Maryland, Clark played in 75 games throughout her career, with the midfielder finishing her career with 30 goals, seven assists, 37 points, 29 ground balls, 41 draw controls and 25 caused turnovers. As a senior, she played in all 19 games, scoring 13 goals.

Ignacio enters her senior year with a perfect 4.00 GPA as an accounting major. After playing her freshman season at Georgetown, Ignacio transferred to Loyola and made 13 appearances for the Greyhounds last season. The Cooksville, Maryland, native scored four goals and added three assists in one season of competition for Loyola. 

Kamely is an economics major, who carries a 3.59 GPA into her final year. An attacker from Homer Glen, Illinois, Kamely has played in 46 games throughout her first three seasons, and has scored 67 goals, assisted 23 and tallied 89 points. As a junior, she was third on the team with 27 goals, 14 assists and 41 points.

Mathis, the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women's lacrosse and recipient of the League's Bob McCloskey Postgraduate Scholarship, graduated in May with a psychology degree and a 3.895 GPA. A defender from Lake Worth, Florida, Mathis earned three all-conference honors, including a pair of first-team accolades as a junior and senior. She played in all 82 games throughout her career and finished with one goal, 55 ground balls, 62 draw controls and 45 caused turnovers.

Savage maintains a 3.786 GPA as an accounting major. The rising senior from Farmington, New York, played in all 19 games last season, scoring 10 goals and adding 13 assists for 23 points. Throughout her career, she has played in 44 games, scoring 16 goals and assisting 26 others to reach 41 points.

As a team, Loyola was one of 92 schools nationally to earn the Academic Honor Squad distinction, meaning the squad carried a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the year. 






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