PISCATAWAY, N.J. (May 7, 2014) – Three Rutgers teams - football, women’s golf and women’s lacrosse - received public recognition from the NCAA for top academic performance for their multi-year Academic Progress Rate scores, the NCAA announced. It marked the seventh consecutive year that the Scarlet Knights’ football program was cited by the NCAA.
The APR measures eligibility, graduation and retention each semester or quarter and provides a clear picture of the academic performance for each team in each sport.
“It is an honor to be recognized by the NCAA for being among the top 10 percent in APR in women’s lacrosse, women’s golf and football,” said Scott Walker, Rutgers’ Director of Academic Support Services for Student-Athletes. “It is a tribute to the student-athletes and their dedication to academic success. It also is a testament to the importance placed on academics by these coaches.”
The Rutgers football program was the lone state university on the list to be ranked in the top 10 percent nationally in APR for the seventh straight year. The Scarlet Knights continue to be one of the leaders nationally in both production on the field and in the classroom. In the fall of 2013, 43 members of the team earned a grade point average of 3.0 or higher and 24 players achieved Dean’s List status with a GPA of 3.5 or above.
Three student-athletes earned a perfect 4.0 GPA while the team finished with a 2.96 GPA, a record high for the program.
Rutgers is one of only 13 Football Bowl Subdivision programs to be ranked in the top 10 percent in the APR scores.
The Scarlet Knights competed in their eighth bowl over the previous nine seasons last year at a sold-out Yankee Stadium in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl. Head coach Kyle Flood, who guided Rutgers to its first BIG EAST Championship in 2012, is the first coach in school history to lead the Scarlet Knights to two bowl games in his first two seasons as head coach.
Women’s lacrosse wrapped up the 2014 campaign with a 9-9 record, highlighted by capturing its first berth to the BIG EAST tournament in six years. The Scarlet Knights fell to eventual league champion, top-seeded Louisville in the league semifinals, as senior attacker Megan Clements (Pennington, N.J.) tallied a team-high three points in the loss to earn all-tournament team recognition.
Clements was also named to the All-BIG EAST Second Team, while senior defender Chelsea Intrabartola (Commack, N.Y.) and redshirt junior midfielder Lauren Sbrilli (Martinsville, N.J.) were named to the first team. The two First Team All-BIG EAST selections were the first for Rutgers since 2007, and the three Scarlet Knight all-conference selections marked the most for RU since 2008.
“As always, we take extreme pride in our academic performance,” said 12th-year head coach Laura Brand-Sias. “Our program strives to teach our athletes progress both on and off the field, and this is a testament to all the hard work they put in day in and day out.”
Women’s golf, under the leadership of 22nd-year head coach Maura Ballard, had many notable finishes in 2013-14. Rutgers captured third place at the Monterey Bay Invitational and tied for sixth at the 17-team Yale Intercollegiate. The team also received public recognition from the NCAA last year and earned a perfect 1000 multi-year Academic Progress Rate score this past June.
“This is quite an honor for our team,” said Ballard. “We have always made academic performance and earning our degrees a top priority. I am very proud of my players for their commitment to our vision.”
The most recent APRs are multi-year rates based on scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-2012 and 2012-13 academic years.
Multiyear APRs for all Division I sports teams, including the teams receiving public recognition, will be announced May 14.