Solms, women's lacrosse team earn repeat IWLCA academic honors

Allie Solms received IWLCA Academic Honor Roll recognition for the second year in a row on July 23, 2018. (Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine –- The Bates women's lacrosse team repeated as an IWLCA Academic Honor Squad, while senior Allie Solms again received IWLCA Academic Honor Roll honors, the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Association announced Monday.

To earn Academic Honor Roll laurels, a student-athlete must have reached junior year academic status and have earned a cumulative grade-point average of 3.50 or higher. Solms (Bedford, N.H.) graduated in May with a double major in sociology and Spanish. She received Bates Athletics Senior Scholar honors in May as well.

In May, Solms and fellow senior Camille Belletete (Jaffrey, N.H.) both received All-Pilgrim Region Second Team honors from the IWLCA. In her first year as a regular starter, Solms' composure, steady defense, speed and carrying skills keyed a stout defense that held opponents to 9.71 goals per game, 69th lowest out of 283 teams in Division III. On April 21, Solms and the Bates defense held then No. 4 nationally ranked Amherst to its lowest score of the season in a 7-3 loss to the Mammoths. For the season, Solms totaled 14 caused turnovers and 22 ground balls.

As a team, Bates was one of 339 programs across Divisions I, II, and III and the NAIA to achieve Academic Honor Squad status for maintaining a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in the 2017-18 academic year.