BALTIMORE - With the No. 2 Salisbury University men's lacrosse team set to play in the NCAA Division III national championship game on Sunday, the team took part in the championship reception on Friday night, and senior midfielder Tim Stone was honored with the Elite 89 Award, which was given out during the reception; the award marks the third Elite 89 honor for a Salisbury athlete this spring and the fourth this academic year.
The Elite 89, an award founded by the NCAA in 2009, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA's 89 championships.
Stone, an exercise science major, carries a 3.83 GPA, which was the highest among any player in the Division III championship game.
SU baseball's Dan Fein and women's lacrosse's Anna Sparr both were honored with the award this spring, while field hockey's Haley Quillen won the award in the fall; overall, this is the fifth time that a Salisbury athlete received the Elite 89, as former men's lacrosse player Sean Hickey won it in 2010.
Stone and the Sea Gulls now look forward to the national championship game on Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore against No. 6 Tufts University; the opening faceoff is set for 1 p.m.