April 28, 2010
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - Navy senior Mary Ruttum (Annapolis, Md.) has been named the 2010 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Wednesday.
Ruttum, an honors systems engineering major, carries a 3.71 cumulative grade-point average and the Seventh Company Commander this fall. She is the first Navy women's lacrosse player to garner the conference's top academic accolade.
Ruttum ranks 71st among her classmates in overall order of merit, combining both the academic and military disciplines. Since her freshman year, she has improved 281 spots in class rank. Additionally, she ranks 26th in military order of merit among the 1,068 students in the Academy's Class of 2010 and has appeared on the Commandant's List and Superintendent's List six times each. Upon graduation in May, Ruttum will be commissioned as an Ensign in the United States Navy.
An Annapolis native, Ruttum is one of six holdovers from the Midshipmen's transitional season in 2007. She has started all 52 games of Navy's Division I tenure and is the program's second leading scoring in with 130 career points (85 g, 45 a).
This spring, Ruttum has again been a steady contributor for the nation's third-ranked scoring offense. In 17 games, she has produced 33 points (18 g, 15 a) with 10 multi-point games, three game-winning goals and a pair of hat tricks. Ruttum will lead the Mids in their quest to win their Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Championship this weekend in Bethlehem, Pa.
Navy (14-3, 5-1 Patriot League) will face second-seeded Colgate (9-7, 4-2 Patriot League) on Friday afternoon at 4:30 pm in the Patriot League Tournament Semifinals held at Lehigh's Ulrich Sports Complex. Friday's semifinal game will be streamed online via Navy All-Access. Click here for more info on becoming an All-Access subscriber.
The Patriot League annually selects a league scholar-athlete of the year for each individual sport the league sponsors. Nominees for this accolade must be a varsity letterwinner who is at least a sophomore academically with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.20 or above. At the end of the academic year, an overall Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year is determined from a ballot consisting of that year's individual sport award winners.
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