Finger, Thomas Named IWLCA Academic All-Americans

June 13, 2002
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

June 13, 2002

NORFOLK, VA -- Seniors Kendra Finger (Boyertown, PA) and Brooke Thomas (Whiteford, MD) were named Academic All-Americans it was announced today by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA).

Thomas is a two-time Academic All-American posting a 3.67 GPA in early childhood education. A two-time co-captain, Thomas closed the year with a team-second best 52 groundballs and 19 caused turnovers. Additionally the defender was named to the All-CAA second team for the second consecutive year.

Finger earned her first Academic All-American award earning a 3.89 GPA in health and physical education. A second team All-CAA selection, Finger served as an important part of the transition unit in the midfield. She collected 29 groundballs, ranking fourth on the squad, and controlled the draw on 22 occasions, ranking third on the team.

To be eligible for the IWLCA Academic All-American honor, student-athletes must possess a minimum 3.2 grade point average as a junior or senior and be a starter or significant reserve.

The 2002 version of the Old Dominion women's lacrosse team embarked on one of its most successful seasons in school history. Led by twelfth year head coach and Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year, Sue Stahl, the Lady Monarchs captured a 13-5 overall and 6-2 CAA record, finishing 13th in the final rankings in IWLCA Poll.

Paced by a core group of veterans, the Lady Monarchs recorded 209 goals, shattering the previous single season record by nearly 40 goals. Playing a schedule filled with some of the top teams in the country, Old Dominion set a school record 13 wins and earned a second place finish in the CAA. There were several monumental wins during the season including victories over CAA newcomers Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, and Towson, the team's first victory over William and Mary since 1995, and a thrilling 17-13 win over James Madison in the CAA Tournament semi-final avenging their one-point loss to the Dukes earlier in the season.