GRAND LAKE, Colo. - UMBC women's lacrosse's Jenna Baverman (Baltimore, Md./Roland Park Country School) and Lauren McDonald (Catonsville, Md./Catonsville) have been named to the 2019 IWLCA Zag Sports Division I Academic Honor Roll, the association announced Wednesday.
The IWLCA honored 509 student-athletes from 100 institutions on the Division I list. 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.
The Retriever women's lacrosse team also received 2019 IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Squad Honors. The IWLCA named 312 schools across Division I, II, III, and NAIA as IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squads for the 2018-19 academic year.
To qualify for this prestigious honor, the women's lacrosse team must have posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the academic year.
Baverman (health and public policy/entrepreneurship & innovation) and McDonald (geography and environmental science MS) were two of the 21 America East student-athletes who were honored with the distinction.
Baverman earned her degree with a 3.54 GPA after finishing her career at UMBC. The defender started in 52 games in three seasons, forcing 52 turnovers and picking up 80 ground balls. In 2019, she led the Retrievers with 26 caused turnovers, which ranks sixth in a single season, and was also named to the America East All-Tournament Team. In 2018, Baverman received ECAC President's Honor Roll honors.
McDonald earned a spot on the IWLCA Honor Roll for the second time in her career after earning the distinction in 2018 after posting a 3.91 GPA. The attacked became the first UMBC women's lacrosse player to be named to the America East All-Academic Team for three consecutive seasons. The attacker accumulated 133 career goals, which ranks sixth overall in program history, and 155 points which is 12th in UMBC history. This season, she recorded 24 points off 20 goals and four assists, marking four consecutive seasons of double-digit points.
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.