Yale Trio Earns IWLCA Academic Honor

Sarah David, Claire Eliasberg and Jessica Sturgill. (photos by dspics.com)
Sarah David, Claire Eliasberg and Jessica Sturgill. (photos by dspics.com)

David, Eliasberg and Sturgill Selected to Academic Squad

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Three student-athletes on the Yale women's lacrosse team -- Sarah David (New Haven, Conn.), Claire Eliasberg (San Diego, Calif.) and Jessica Sturgill (Ellicott City, Md.) -- have been honored by the IWLCA for their excellence in the classroom. The trio earned selection to the 2009 IWLCA Academic Squad, which includes student-athletes who have attained at least junior standing academically and have a GPA of at least 3.50. All three honorees are in the Class of 2010.

David, a Russian and Eastern European Studies major, appeared in 15 games last season and made a career-high 13 starts. She had four goals and two assists, including her first career goal in Yale's game at James Madison. She also had 16 ground balls.

Eliasberg, a history of science/history of medicine major, started all 16 games last season and was elected team captain for 2009-10. She also earned Yale's Gib Holgate Award, given to the player whose dedication to the ideals of Yale and to the success of women's lacrosse measure up to the standards set by James G. "Gib" Holgate, a member of the Yale athletic administration from 1954 to 1985. As a freshman she won Yale's Most Improved Player Award.

Sturgill, a psychology major, was second on the team in goals with a career-high 23 and third in points with 28. She appeared in all 16 games. She was fifth on the team in goals with 15 in her sophomore season.

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