Rayburn, St. Mary's Women's Lacrosse Honored for Academic Excellence

Mackenzie Rayburn and St. Mary's women's lacrosse earn 2017 IWLCA academic honors.

For Immediate Release · Wednesday, July 26, 2017 · nmoran@smcm.edu

Grand Lake, Colo. – St. Mary's College of Maryland landed on the 2017 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Squad while Mackenzie Rayburn '17 (Bel Air, Md./John Carroll) earned a spot on the 2017 IWLCA Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll. The IWLCA released its list of honorees Wednesday afternoon.

St. Mary's was named an Academic Honor Squad for the sixth straight season. The Seahawks were one of 308 schools across NCAA Division I, II, III, and NAIA selected as IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squads for the 2016-17 academic year.

In order to qualify for this prestigious honor, the women's lacrosse team must have posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the year. This year's team posted a 3.13 cumulative team grade point average for the academic year.

This is the program's ninth team academic award in 10 years. Of the nine Capital Athletic Conference institutions which sponsor women's lacrosse, five others joined St. Mary's as Academic Honor Squads – Christopher Newport University, Frostburg State University, Marymount (Va.) University, University of Mary Washington, and York College of Pennsylvania.

Rayburn picked up her second straight IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll award after finishing her four-year career with a 3.54 cumulative grade point average as a psychology major while minoring in educational studies. She was named to the Dean's List three times in her career and garnered a spot on the CAC All-Academic Team every year.

In order to be eligible for this honor, student-athletes must be a junior, senior, or graduate student and earned a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater.

Rayburn left the women's lacrosse program as a two-time IWLCA Division III All-Chesapeake Region Second Team selection as well as a two-time second team All-CAC honoree. The 5-4 defender was the Seahawks' defensive rock all season long, taking on the opponent's top player in each and every game. A team captain this season, she finished fifth in the conference with team-bests of 41 ground balls and 20 caused turnovers while ranking second on the team with 19 draw controls.

About Zag Sports: Zag Sports has been serving the world's best lacrosse teams for nearly 15 years as they journey abroad for team changing touring experiences in over 25 countries. With a unique blend of lacrosse, international community service, and interactive cultural learning and adventure, Zag Sports looks forward to sharing more of its experiences with NCAA teams from around the country.

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