Aidif, Grzeskowiak, Palacio Earn IWLCA Academic Honors as Team Earns Squad Distinction

Aidif, Grzeskowiak, Palacio Earn IWLCA Academic Honors as Team Earns Squad Distinction

GRAND LAKE, Colo. – Northern Michigan University's Lacrosse team was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for the 2017-18 academic year. Senior Danielle Grzeskowiak (Brighton, Mich.), and rising seniors Tori Aidif (Grandville, Mich.) and Megan Palacio (Cumberland, R.I.) were named to the 2018 IWLCA Zag Sports Division II Academic Honor Roll. 

To qualify for this prestigious honor, the women's lacrosse team must have posted a 3.0 or higher team GPA for the academic year. NMU was one of 313 schools across Division I, II, III and NAIA to earn the distinction, and one of 59 among Division II programs. 

To be eligible for the IWLCA Zag Sports Division II Academic Honor Roll, student-athletes must be a junior, senior, or graduate student and have earned a cumulative academic GPA of 3.50 or greater. The trio joined 220 student-athletes in Division II to earn the honor.

Grzeskowiak, majoring in Mathematics and Environmental studies/Alternative Energies, appeared in three games before injury caused her to miss the remainder of the season.

A Nursing major, Aidif appeared in all 15 games with 12 starts.  The defender finished the 2018 season with nine ground balls, three draw controls and three caused turnovers. 

Palacio is a Biochemistry major and finished the year starting 15 games and scoring two goals with an assist.  She also caused five turnovers along with grabbing 15 ground balls. 

The second season in program history, the 2018 squad finished by scoring more goals as well as doubling their assists total over the 2017 season.  With the majority of their scoring and defense returning, the team looks to continue their growth.