Three Patriots Named to IWLCA Academic Honor Roll

Posted: July 31, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association (IWLCA) released its annual Academic Honor Roll, recognizing student-athletes for their success in the classroom. Three Patriots were named to the squad, which included 410 student-athletes from 157 institutions across all three divisions of collegiate play.

Melissa Curry and Melissa Venturi, who both graduated from George Mason in the spring, were named to the team, along with Alex Velesz, who will enter her senior season when the Patriots begin play in the spring of 2008. All three Patriots earned GPAs above a 3.5 in their respective majors. Curry earned her degree in biology, Venturi graduated from Mason’s exercise science program and Velesz is studying history.

In addition to their academic success, all three were also significant contributors on the field. Curry, a midfielder, finished her career ranking third all-time in school history in caused turnovers, sixth in ground balls and seventh in draw controls.

Venturi, an attacker, also etched her name into the school record books during her four-year career, ranking fifth all-time in goals, tied for sixth in assists, seventh in points and ninth in draw controls.

Velesz, who will wrap up her career at Mason this upcoming season, started all 16 games at midfield for the Patriots last season, setting career highs in caused turnovers and draw controls.

To qualify for the award, student-athletes had to be a junior or senior and have at least a 3.2 GPA. In Division I, a total of 157 women from 57 schools were honored.

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