High Praise

April 22, 2009

EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette College's athletic programs were publicly recognized by the NCAA on Wednesday for outstanding academic performance. For the second year in a row, 13 Leopard teams achieved a high Academic Progress Report (APR) in the NCAA's most recent multi-year APR scores.

The teams were awarded for posting multi-year APR scores in the top 10 percent of all squads in their respective sports. Among the men's teams were baseball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, swimming and indoor and outdoor track and field while the women's cross country, lacrosse, swimming, tennis and indoor and outdoor track and field teams were honored.

Nearly all of the teams that were recognized last year were on the list again this year. Women's indoor track and field was a new addition.

The APR provides a real-time look at a team's academic success each semester by tracking the academic progress of each student-athlete. It includes eligibility, retention and graduation in the calculation and provides a clear picture of the academic culture of each sport. High-performing teams receiving awards posted APR scores ranging from 965 to a perfect 1,000 over the data collection period.

The NCAA is honoring 767 Division I sports teams from 205 institutions with public recognition awards. The teams recognized this year represent 11.9 percent of the 6,484 Division I teams and the public recognition awards are part of the broad Division I academic reform effort.

The eight member schools of the Patriot League combined to have 85 of their Patriot League-sponsored sports honored for their latest Academic Progress Rate scores. The conference's total was second among Division I conferences, trailing only the Ivy League schools which offer more sports. The Patriot League finished 25 teams ahead of the third-highest conference, the Big East.

Multi-year APR scores for all 6,484 Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition awards, will be announced May 6. The announcement also will include immediate and historic penalties for low-performing teams.