Cleveland and Taylor Named Second Team Academic All-District

May 24, 2007

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Senior women's crew coxswain Emily Cleveland (Devon, Pa.), who has led Yale to an appearance in the upcoming NCAA Championships, and junior women's lacrosse midfielder Lauren Taylor (Manhasset, N.Y.), who led the nation in goals per game, have both been named to the ESPN The Magazine/College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District I second team. Yale was one of only four schools in the region to have multiple student-athletes selected to the first or second team.

A history of art major, Cleveland is the coxswain for Yale's varsity eight boat, which is ranked second in the nation heading into this weekend's NCAA Championships. Yale earned an Eastern Sprints and Ivy League title, with the varsity eight winning the Grand Final at Sprints for the second time in three years. The Bulldogs went 12-0 in the dual race season, winning six cups. Cleveland was a 2006 CRCA National Scholar-Athlete and All-New England selection. She has been the varsity eight coxswain for two years.

A history of science/history of medicine major and part of Yale's five-year BA/MPH program, Taylor led Yale to the third NCAA tournament appearance in school history this season. The Bulldogs went 13-4 and were ranked No. 11 in the country as she scored 65 goals, the most by a Yale player in 27 years. She won the Ivy League Player of the Year award, the first Bulldog ever to do so. She was also named first team IWLCA All-Region for the Northeast and is a candidate for IWLCA/US Lacrosse All-America honors. She was a nominee for the Tewaaraton Trophy, given annually to the best men's and women's college lacrosse players.

Academic All-District voting is done by members of CoSIDA. There are eight districts throughout the country, with 10 first team and 10 second team honorees each. Members of the first team in each district are eligible for Academic All-America honors.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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