GRAND LAKE, Colo. – The Salem College lacrosse program received a series of accolades from the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) when the organization announced its Academic Honor Squads and Honor Roll list for the 2018-19 campaign.
Salem was one of 312 institutions, across the NAIA and NCAA Division I, II and III ranks to be honored by the IWLCA as an Academic Honor Squad. To qualify for this prestigious honor, the team must have posted a 3.0 or higher GPA for the academic year. The Spirits qualified for this distinction after capping off the 2018-19 campaign with a combined 3.32 GPA.
In addition to the team honor, four individuals on the Salem lacrosse program were named to the Academic Honor Roll list by the IWLCA. They include Logan Bowling, Hannah Ostlund, Samantha (Hope) Morrison and Jessica Ritter. To be eligible for this honor, student-athletes must be a junior, senior, or graduate student and have earned a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater.
"We are so proud of the team for exhibiting what it means to be a well-rounded student athlete and for upholding the academic values of our program and Salem," said interim head coach Emma Rose.
On the field, Bowling started 13 of the 17 games that she played, scoring 11 goals along the way, which ranked her third on the team. She was responsible for 28 draw controls and 15 ground balls, making 35 shots on goal. A senior in exercise science, Bowling was responsible for a 3.50 cumulative GPA.
Ostlund logged 946:24 minutes in her 16 starts in goal for the Spirits. She converted 187 saves (42.3 save percentage) and was responsible for the first win in program history, which came against Sweet Briar on Feb. 22. She wrapped up the season with 10 double-digit save performances, including a single-game season-high 28 against Pfeiffer. A junior in non-profit management, Ostlund owned a 3.82 cumulative GPA.
Morrison was also a regular in the lineup, earning the starting nod in 14 of 17 contests. The defensive specialist emerged with a team-best 38 ground balls, while adding four goals on offense. A junior in history, Morrison owned a 3.96 cumulative GPA.
Ritter, also a defensive standout at Salem, started six of the eight games she played and amassed 15 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers. A senior in art / graphic design, Morrison was responsible for a 3.65 cumulative GPA.