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Lafayette Athletic Teams Find Excellence in the Classroom and on the Playing Fields

Jan. 15, 2003

EASTON, Pa. ( - Nearly 60 percent of Lafayette's student-athletes achieved at least a 3.0 grade-point average for the fall semester. A record 301 student-athletes reached the plateau - 18 more than last spring.

"We are very gratified by the performances of our student-athletes," said Bruce McCutcheon, Lafayette's Director of Athletics. "Our coaches do a great job of recruiting students who are achieving both academic and athletic excellence. Our mission is to excel on the playing fields without yielding to our commitment to academic excellence, and we are working hard every day to accomplish that mission."

The Patriot League champion field hockey team achieved its highest semester GPA in 10 years, with a 3.13 team average during its fall title run. The men's swimming team also reached its highest GPA since 1991 with a 3.09 team GPA in the fall.

The women's volleyball team finished with the highest GPA among women's teams at 3.35, while the men's tennis team with a GPA of 3.11 led the men's squads. Thirteen out of 19 varsity teams achieved at least a 3.0 GPA during the fall semester.

"Lafayette sets high standards for student-athletes," said Barbara Lipkin, Academic Resource Center Coordinator. "Characteristics such as determination, hard work and motivation that contribute to their athletic abilities also carry over to their success in the classroom. The combination of rigorous academic programs and competitive Division I athletics is a factor in making Lafayette so appealing to our student-athletes."

Along with the academic achievements, Lafayette's athletic teams combined for a .539 winning percentage - the highest for the fall teams since 1994. Seven of the nine teams that compete for a championship in the fall had a winning percentage of .500 or better.