July 12, 2010

NOTRE DAME, Ind. - Two of Notre Dame's 22 sports that compete in the BIG EAST Conference were honored with the 2009-10 BIG EAST Academic Team Excellence Awards recognizing the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport. The Fighting Irish baseball and men's lacrosse teams were each recipients of the third annual awards.

Eleven BIG EAST schools had at least one team represented on the list with Providence pacing all schools with a conference-best five teams honored. DePaul and Syracuse each finished with four selections, while the Irish were joined by Cincinnati, Louisville and St. John's with two. West Virginia, Rutgers, Georgetown and USF each saw one team named to the list.

The Irish men's lacrosse team not only led the conference in the classroom but also represented the BIG EAST in the NCAA National Championship in '09-10 for the first time in program history. The squad earned victories over No. 6 Princeton, No. 3 Maryland and No. 7 Cornell en route to the championship game, before dropping an overtime decision to fifth-ranked Duke, 6-5.

It marks the first time that either of the Irish teams has been presented with the award since its inception in '07-08. The Irish baseball team concluded the year with a 3.117 grade-point average (GPA), while the men's lacrosse team finished with a 3.065.

In total, 20 of Notre Dame's 22 teams that compete in the BIG EAST conference earned better than a 3.00 GPA during the recently completed academic year, with the women's tennis team pacing all Irish teams for the second straight year with a 3.494 mark.

2009-10 BIG EAST Team Excellence Award Winners:
Sport   			School
Baseball   			Notre Dame
Men's Basketball   		West Virginia
Women's Basketball   		DePaul
Men's Cross Country   		Cincinnati
Women's Cross Country   	Louisville
Field Hockey   			Louisville
Football   			Syracuse
Men's Golf   			DePaul
Women's Golf   			St. John's
Men's Lacrosse   		Notre Dame
Women's Lacrosse   		Cincinnati
Women's Rowing   		Rutgers
Men's Soccer   			DePaul
Women's Soccer   		St. John's
Softball   			DePaul and Providence
Men's Swimming & Diving   	Georgetown
Women's Swimming & Diving  	Syracuse
Men's Tennis   			USF
Women's Tennis   		Syracuse
Men's Indoor Track & Field   	Providence
Women's Indoor Track & Field   	Providence
Men's Outdoor Track & Field   	Providence
Women's Outdoor Track & Field   Providence
Women's Volleyball   		Syracuse



Two Irish Programs Garner BIG EAST Team Academic Excellence Award

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