NORTON, MA- Recent Wheaton College graduate Caitlin Grant (Walpole, MA/Walpole) became just the fourth ESPN The Magazine Academic College Division All-America selection in school history, earning a spot on the at-large second team following a standout lacrosse career. Grant is the first Lyon to place higher than the third team and was the initial Wheaton student-athlete since 2004 to draw an Academic All-America accolade. Qualifiers are selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Grant joins Lisa Yenush '90, Dina Terceira '99 and Erin Duffy '05 as the four student-athletes in Wheaton history to draw Academic All-America honors. She was among 46 players selected to the three teams, and one of 15 on the second squad. Grant was also one of seven from a New England school, and one of four hailing from a Division III institution in the region. She was among a trio representing New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) schools.
One of the NEWMAC's top scorers, Grant almost matched her career totals from her first three seasons by recording 50 goals and 57 points this spring while appearing in all 16 games. She netted 11 hat tricks, recording at least four goals on six occasions, and at least tied for the team lead in scoring in 10 games. Grant finished ninth in program history in goals (110) and 10th in points (126).
In addition to being selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic College Division All-District I first team, which made her eligible for the national ballot, Grant earned NEWMAC All-Conference honors each of her final two years while landing on the conference's academic all-league team three times. In 2008, she earned a place on the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Honor Roll. A Dean's List qualifier during her career, Grant graduated with a degree in economics and a 3.81 cumulative grade-point average.
The College Division consists of NCAA Divisions II and III, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and two-year institutions. To be nominated for the Academic All-America program, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore in academic standing, possess at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA and be a starter or significant reserve.