Philadelphia University’s women’s lacrosse team was named the 2013-14 NCAA Division II women’s lacrosse statistical champion for scoring offense, and star midfielder Libby Nichols ’14 was named the 2013-14 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Overall Female Performer of the Year.
“Our women’s lacrosse program, the 2014 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference champions, continues to excel year in and year out under the leadership of Coach George Chis-Luca,” said Tom Shirley, athletic director and women’s basketball coach. “Without question, the success of the program has assisted us in attracting top level student-athletes to Philadelphia University. This year’s team not only was an NCAA statistical leader, they were also leaders in our athletic department, attaining a 3.31 GPA and accumulating more community service hours than any other program.”
The Lady Rams finished the season with an overall record of 17-1, averaging 17.56 goals per game, the highest scoring average out of all Division II women’s lacrosse teams. Team members Allison Brian ’15 and Libby Nichols ’14 scored 106 of the season’s 316 total goals.
Nichols’ latest honor adds to the star athlete’s already extensive list of accomplishments, including Fulbright Scholar, CACC Student-Athlete of the Year and CACC Tournament MVP.
“I feel very grateful to be selected from a group of such successful athletes,” Nichols said.
The midfielder graduated in May with a pre-medical studies major and a 3.9 GPA. As a Fulbright Scholar, she will conduct a 10-month study in Germany investigating the cognitive effects of heading on youth soccer players. Read more.
Nichols said she plans to root for the Lady Rams while abroad. “In Germany, I’ll be watching the live stats and keeping track of their games,” she said.
“Many schools say that you can be a student and an athlete, but the intensity of practice makes it hard to keep up on your school work,” Nichols said. “At Philadelphia University, it was very feasible for me to be a student and an athlete. I felt like every door was open to me. My professors all knew me, and I was involved in extracurricular activities. I hope I encourage all other student athletes to get involved in as many things as they want to during college.”