July 8, 2009
QUEENS, N.Y. -
On Tuesday, the BIG EAST Conference announced the 23 teams that earned the 2008-09 Team Academic Excellence Awards, recognizing the highest collective grade-point averages in each conference sport during the academic year. Both the St. John's women's golf and men's tennis teams earned the merit over their conference counterparts in their respective sports.
Ten BIG EAST schools had at least one team honored, as DePaul led the way with seven. Notre Dame, Seton Hall and Syracuse had three teams honored, while Cincinnati and St. John's had two, and Georgetown, Louisville, USF and West Virginia had one each.
During the 2008-09 campaign, the Red Storm women's golf team finished in second place at the ECAC Division I Championship and claimed third place at the Princeton Invitational and the North/South Women's Collegiate. Head coach Ambry Bishop-LaRosa and the squad closed out the spring season with a sixth-place finish at the BIG EAST Championship.
The St. John's men's tennis team ended its 2009 spring season with a 12-10 overall record, earning victories over opponents such as Dartmouth, Boston University, Georgetown, Connecticut and Villanova. At the BIG EAST Tournament in Tampa, Fla., head coach Eric Rebhuhn and the Red Storm defeated Georgetown and Marquette to finish in fifth place at the event.
2008-09 BIG EAST Team Excellence Award Winners
Sport - School
Baseball - USF
Men's Basketball - Notre Dame
Women's Basketball - DePaul
Men's Cross Country - DePaul
Women's Cross Country - DePaul
Field Hockey - Louisville
Football - West Virginia
Men's Golf - Seton Hall
Women's Golf - St. John's
Women's Lacrosse - Cincinnati
Women's Rowing - Georgetown
Men's Soccer - DePaul
Women's Soccer - Seton Hall
Softball - Seton Hall
Men's Swimming & Diving - Notre Dame
Women's Swimming & Diving - Cincinnati
Men's Tennis - St. John's
Women's Tennis - DePaul and Notre Dame
Men's Indoor Track & Field - DePaul
Women's Indoor Track & Field - Syracuse
Men's Outdoor Track & Field - DePaul
Women's Outdoor Track & Field - Syracuse
Women's Volleyball - Syracuse