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Lafayette Student-Athletes Earn National Recognition

May 7, 2014

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EASTON, Pa. - Seventeen of Lafayette's 23 Division I sports have received 2014 NCAA Division I Academic Performance Program (APP) Public Recognition Awards, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

The NCAA is honoring 1,049 Division I teams for their high marks academically, based on their most recent multi-year Academic Progress Rates. These awards are given each year to teams scoring in the top 10 percent in each sport with their APRs. The APR is the NCAA's measure of academic achievement for every Division I team.

Each of Lafayette's 17 teams honored participate in Patriot League play, with 15 earning a perfect APR score of 1000. Those teams include: baseball, women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, women's lacrosse, women's soccer, softball, men’s and women's swimming and diving, women's tennis, men’s and women's indoor and outdoor track and field and women’s volleyball. Rounding out the list of teams were men's basketball (994) and men's soccer (993), which both finished in the top tier of their Patriot League counterparts. 

The APR measures eligibility and retention each semester or quarter, and the most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years.

A total of 275 schools, out of 346 Division I institutions, placed at least one team on the top APR list. Dartmouth had the most teams (26) recognized followed by Brown University (22) and Bucknell (21). The Leopards sit second in the Patriot League with 17 teams honored, followed by Holy Cross (14), Colgate (12), Lehigh (9), Boston U. (8), Loyola (7), American (3), Army (2) and Navy (1). Lafayette, American, Boston U., Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Lehigh and Loyola are part of a group of 58 schools which have at least one team that has received a Public Recognition Award in each of the nine years of the program.

For a full listing of Public Recognition Awards by sport, school, conference or year, visit