Two Retrievers Named to IWLCA Academic Honor Roll

BALTIMORE—Two UMBC women's lacrosse players who graduated in May – Kristen Milligan (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) and Natalie Rau (Forest Hill, Md./Fallston) – were named to the 2011 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Academic Honor Roll, the organization announced Monday.

Milligan, a defensive midfielder, posted a career-high 19 ground balls in 2011. For her career, she recorded 48 ground balls, 16 draw controls and 16 caused turnovers, while also scoring six points on five goals and an assist. A physics major, Milligan was recognized on the America East Academic Honor Roll three times, including the Commissioner's Honor Roll this past season, and she is currently pursuing her master's degree at Northern Arizona State University.

After seeing limited action in her first three seasons, Rau earned the starting goalkeeper job in 2011 and flourished, posting a 9.97 goals-against average and a .394 save percentage with 98 saves in over 900 minutes between the pipes. The team co-captain also picked up a career-high 22 ground balls and caused eight turnovers last season. A math major, Rau served as the president of UMBC's student-athlete advisory committee and was recognized on the America East Academic Honor Roll three times.

The IWLCA recognized 187 student-athletes from 65 different schools with inclusion on the 2011 Academic Honor Roll. Players must have achieved at least junior standing academically and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 or fall in the top 10 percent of their squad.