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Hager, Men's Lax Honored for Academics

men's lacrosse academic awards 2021

The Muhlenberg men's lacrosse team and one of its players were honored for academics by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.
Tue Jun 29, 2021
The Muhlenberg men's lacrosse team and one of its players were honored for academics by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

The Mules received the USILA Team Academic Award, and Matt Hager '21 was named a Division III Scholar All-American.

To be eligible for the Team Academic Award, a team must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Muhlenberg made the grade with 11 of its members being named to the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll, including one who was named CC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in men's lacrosse. In addition, three team members were recognized at the College's annual Honors Convocation for their excellence in business and economics.

A Scholar All-American must be nominated by his coach and be a student with a senior year academic standing and a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher. He will have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to himself, his institution, and to college lacrosse both on and off the field. He must also be an All-American, a member of a North/South team or an outstanding league or conference player.

Hager was a two-time All-Centennial Conference defenseman for the Mules, graduating cum laude with a biochemistry major and philosophy minor. He tied for fifth in the CC with 9 caused turnovers and led a defense that finished second in the CC in fewest goals allowed per game. A three-year starter, Hager finished his career with 65 ground balls, 41 caused turnovers and a pair of goals.

The USILA academic awards add to an impressive list of achievements for the Mules in 2021. They were 4-2 in the CC and 5-4 overall, with the four losses coming by a total of five goals, three to teams that were ranked in the top 20 in Division III all season. Muhlenberg achieved an all-time program best by finishing in second place in the CC and had a record eight players named to the All-CC team.   The Mules closed the season with a 15-10 win at 10th-ranked Gettysburg and received 12 votes - four spots out of the top 20 - in the final Division III poll.