BEREA For the sixth consecutive year, the Baldwin Wallace University women’s lacrosse team has been named an Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad, with former Green standout Hannah Albrechta a key part of that effort.
Albrechta, who completed her junior year in the spring, was named to the 2018 IWLCA Zag Sports Division III Academic Honor Roll. To be named to the Academic Honor Roll, student-athletes must be a junior or higher in class standing and have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.50 and above.
"It means even more to be to be recognize for academics because what we do in the classroom is super important … it affects the rest of our lives," Albrechta said. "Coach (Nicholle) St. Pierre really encourages us to focus on our classes and during the school year, we have study tables to keep up with our work."
Albrechta is a psychology and studio art double major who carries a 3.84 GPA and is a dean’s list student, a Jacket Scholar, a two-time Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree and a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma Honor Society.
She plans to go to graduate school after finishing her undergraduate degree next spring and long term, she would like to earn her PhD in social psychology, do research and potentially become a professor down the line.
It’s a sharp left turn for a student who admitted that when she started college, pshcyolgoy wasn’t on her radar.
"I came into school not interested in psychology at all, but I took one psych class, got hooked and now I love it," Albrechta said.
As a team, BW finished the 2017-18 academic year with a team GPA of 3.083 and was one of 339 squads across Divisions I, II and III as well as the NAIA to receive the honor.
Teams need to post a 3.0 cumulative GPA or higher to be named as an Academic Honor Squad. That success, according to Albrechta, comes from teamwork just as the Yellow Jackets’ on-field success does.
"We all push each other and everyone supports each other," she said. "Whether it’s someone from the same major who needs help and you tutor them, or we all do our homework together in the library, we support one another."
On the field, Albrechta earned her second consecutive All-OAC honor after scoring 19 goals and leading the team with a career-high tying 16 assists.
The Yellow Jackets finished the 2018 campaign with a 7-10 overall record and a 5-3 conference record under first-year head coach Nicholle St. Pierre, advancing to the OAC playoffs for the fifth straight season. This coming season, they will look to extend both their playoff streak and there IWLCA academic honor streak, while Albrechta will be seeking to finish out her college career on a winning note.
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