PISCATAWAY, NJ – Rutgers senior women’s lacrosse players Andrea Leininger (Bridgewater, NJ) and Lisa Savage (Cortlandt Manor, NY) have been named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Division I Academic Honor Roll, the organization announced.
Leininger and Savage are among 152 student-athletes representing 55 different institutions to be named to the organization’s honor roll. To be eligible for the honor roll a student-athlete must achieve at least a 3.2 GPA during the spring semester and must be either a junior or a senior.
The pair’s award marks the 12th and 13th honors for Rutgers on the honor roll since its inception in 1998. RU has had at least one representative on the list each year with multiple representatives five times. Savage becomes the fourth Scarlet Knight to be named to the honor roll twice.
Leininger and Savage are both currently enrolled in the Graduate School of Education. Leininger is majoring in elementary and early childhood education, while Savage is majoring in special education.
Leininger, a 2003-04 BIG EAST Academic All-Star, started all 16 games as a defender for the Scarlet Knights. She started all but one game in her 63-game career. Leininger finished her career with two goals and three assists to go along with 78 ground balls, 38 caused turnovers and 28 draw controls. She registered an assist, three ground balls, and a pair of draw controls in her final collegiate game against No. 20 Penn. Against top-ranked Northwestern, the senior had a season-high four ground balls. She committed just six turnovers in her final two seasons. Leininger had at least one ground ball in 12 of Rutgers’ final 13 games in 2005, finishing fifth on the team with a season total of 23 ground balls. Her 14 draw controls were third-best for the season.
Savage, who was named to the organization’s honor roll last season, has one year of eligibility remaining after red-shirting the 2005 campaign following a season-ending injury in the preseason. She was voted a co-captain prior to the season. The attacker is a two-time BIG EAST Academic All-Star.
Rutgers ended the season 6-10 overall and 1-4 in the BIG EAST. The Scarlet Knights were forced to deal with an unusually high number of season-ending injuries, but fought hard through a schedule that included eight nationally-ranked opponents.