Lacrosse Trio Garners IWLCA Academic Honors
July 26, 2017
SAN DIEGO – San Diego State lacrosse players Katrina Reeves (Granite Bay, Calif.), Mackenzie Lech (Milton, Ga.) and Harlowe Steele (Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada) were named to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad for the 2016-17 academic year on Wednesday.
With her award, Reeves garnered IWLCA academic accolades for the second year in a row, while Lech and Steele were recognized by the organization for the first time in their careers. In addition, the Aztec trio received all-academic distinction from the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) earlier this spring for their achievements in the classroom.
To be eligible for IWLCA academic consideration, candidates must be a junior, senior or graduate student and have earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.50 or higher. In all, 402 student-athletes representing 102 NCAA Division I institutions landed spots on the IWLCA Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad this year.
Reeves, who graduated last May with a degree in child and family development, completed her collegiate playing career as SDSU’s all-time leader with 405 saves and 162 ground balls. The former Aztec star goalkeeper collected second-team all-MPSF honors during the 2017 campaign after setting the program’s single-season record with 140 saves and a .429 save percentage. She also ranked second in the conference with a team-high 58 ground balls and landed a spot on the league’s all-tournament team. Reeves, who competed for the Spanish national team at the FIL Rathbones World Cup earlier this month in Surrey, England, was hired as a graduate assistant this summer with the Central Michigan lacrosse program.
A marketing major, Lech was a second-team all-MPSF selection in 2017, contributing to an SDSU defense that ranked 15th in the nation with nearly 11 caused turnovers per contest. The standout midfielder started all posted 40 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers on the year, which was tied for seventh and ninth in the conference, respectively.
Steele, who also excelled at the midfielder position, ranked second on the squad last season with 30 draw controls to go with nine goals, 26 ground balls and 12 caused turnovers. Against Oregon in the MPSF quarterfinals in late April, the environmental engineering major recorded one goal, two assists, two draws and two ground balls, helping the Scarlet and Black secure its first-ever postseason victory. Earlier, she was named MPSF Defensive Player of the Week for a pair of outstanding efforts at UC Davis and Stanford, notching six draw controls, four ground balls and two caused turnovers in the final two games of the regular season.
As a team, San Diego State celebrated its finest campaign to date in 2017, posting a program-record 10 wins, highlighted by an 18-13 conquest of Oregon in the MPSF tournament. In addition, the Aztecs registered a 6-1 record during a seven-game March homestand and collected three all-MPSF honors to go with seven conference player of the week awards.