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Photo courtesy UVa Sports InformationMerideth Lazarus, team captain for the 2006 women’s lacrosse team in 2006, was one of 45 student-athletes honored by the Atlantic Coast Conference for high academic acheivements. Lazarus is one of three reciepients for a Jim and Pat Thacker scholarship, which provides $5,000 for her graduate education. Student-athletes receiving the award have performed with distinction in both the classroom and in their respective sports, while demonstrating exemplary conduct in the community.

Lazarus was a team captain for the women’s lacrosse team in 2006. She was a third team All-American in 2005 and led the Cavaliers in caused turnovers and ranked second on the team in ground balls and fourth on the team in draw controls that season. Lazarus was the recipient of Virginia’s Jettie Hill Memorial Award, presented to the fourth-year female student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA.

In her career, Lazarus scored 12 goals off 29 shots, netted 6 assists, and scooped up 112 bround balls. She appeared in 50 games over four seasons of play, from 2003-2006.

Lazarus and the other 44 student-athletes named will be honored April 12, 2007, in Greensboro, N.C., at a luncheon hosted by the Nat Greene Kiwanis Club. The luncheon will be held at the Koury Convention Center. and the Charlottesville Chapter of USLacrosse congratulate Lazarus on her achievement.