A pair of St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes graduates were honored by the University of California, Berkeley in being selection to the 2008 Women's Lacrosse Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation team.
Senior midfielder Mary Downs, who had a 3.062 GPA as a history major, and junior attacker Madeleine Dale, who had a 3.499 GPA as political economies of industrial societies major, both made the all-academic team. So did Cal leading scorer Danni Zuralow, who is a Fairfax native, went to Robinson and carried a 3.248 GPA.
Downs, one of four seniors, started in all 18 games and tallied a team-high 902 minutes. She also had 23 ground balls and two goals for the Bears, who lost to Oregon, 9-8, in the MPSF Championship third-place game.
Dale, a junior who started every game, notched 25 goals and a 51 percent shot percentage. She also had a career-high seven assists.
Zuralow, a senior attacker, was the Golden Bears' season leader in points (58), goals (40), caused turnovers (20) and game-winning goals (3). She was recently named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association West/Midwest second team, given to 128 players in eight regions nationally.
According to a school release, Cal put 12 Golden Bears on the academic team, tying with Oregon for the second-most student-athletes in the Pac-10. Students were required to be at least a sophomore, have a 3.0-plus cumulative grade point average and play in at least in fifty percent or more of the institution's competition in the student-athlete's respective sport.