PHILADELPHIA - Sophomore Zoe Stukenberg of the Maryland women's lacrosse team was recognized as the recipient of the Elite 89 Award for the 2015 NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship.
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. Stukenberg currently holds a 4.00 grade-point average as a biological sciences major. She was honored with the award Thursday evening at the NCAA lacrosse banquet at the National Constitution Center.
"I couldn't be more proud of Zoe," head coach Cathy Reese said. "She works so hard on the field and in the classroom, and we're so happy she is being recognized for this achievement. Zoe plays such an important role for this program, and we're so proud of how she's representing Maryland lacrosse."
Stukenberg, a 2015 All-Big Ten team and IWLCA All-Regional team honoree, has 37 goals and 20 assists on the season. She has started 19 of 20 games for the Terps at midfield and also has 16 ground balls and 15 draw controls.
In its sixth year, the Elite 89 Award was instituted to recognize 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.
No. 1 seed Maryland takes on fourth-seeded Syracuse in the NCAA Championship semifinals Friday at 7:30 p.m. at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. The game will be live streamed on ESPN3.