GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The NCAA Division III women's lacrosse banquet was held Friday night at Gettysburg College, home of the 2014 national championship weekend, and Salisbury University senior defender Anna Sparr was honored as the Elite 89 recipient.
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.
The senior from Lexington Park, Md., holds a 3.853 GPA with a major in exercise science along with a minor in Spanish. On the field, the defender has started in four games of the 13 played in, scooping six groundballs and caused two turnovers.
Sparr's Elite 89 honor is the just the fiftch ever accomplished by a student-athlete for Salibury. Sean Hickey picked up the award for men's lacrosse in 2010 for the first, followed by Haley Quillen this past fall in field hockey and Dan Fein for baseball and Tim Stone in men's lacrosse this spring.
Sparr and the Sea Gulls will take the field on Saturday for the national semifinals, as Salisbury meets up with Amherst College. First draw is set for 4 p.m., at Clark Field.