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Lafayette Third in Nation For NCAA Public Recognition Awards

May 20, 2015

EASTON, Pa. - Eighteen teams and 78 percent of Lafayette's 23 Division I sports have earned NCAA Public Recognition Awards, the third highest percentage of all NCAA Division I schools topping the Academic Progress Rate (APR). Dartmouth placed 93 percent and Northwestern 79 percent.

The NCAA Public Recognition 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 sports team which measures eligibility and retention each semester. The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years.

Seventeen of Lafayette's 18 teams honored participate in Patriot League-sponsored sports (baseball, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's indoor and outdoor track and field, softball, women's lacrosse, women's tennis and volleyball) with men's fencing also garnering the honor. The Patriot League (105) was second only to the Ivy League (110) for overall teams awarded at full-member institutions.

There are 25 Patriot League teams among the 129 nationally which have received a Public Recognition Award for academic success in each of the 10 years of the program. Lafayette leads the way with six teams in that group, followed by Bucknell with five, Lehigh and Holy Cross at four, Colgate totaling three, Loyola with two and Boston University with one.

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