Lafayette athletics consistently achieves success off the playing field.
For example, the College is seventh in the nation for NCAA graduation success rate at 98%. In the latest accounting spanning fall 2011 to 2014, scholarship athletes top the retention rate of non-athlete Lafayette students at 94.6%. Just 2% of Class of 2018 student-athlete alumni are still seeking employment. In addition, student-athletes have claimed four of the past seven Pepper Prizes.
This is now being complemented by success on the playing field as Lafayette implements Creating a Championship Culture, the five-year strategic plan outlined by Sherryta Freeman, director of athletics. Lafayette improved from a 10th-place finish in the Patriot League Presidents’ Cup standings in fall 2018 to a fourth-place finish in fall 2019. The following pages highlight accomplishments by the fall teams.
The field hockey team advanced to the Patriot League championship game and had a 5-1 regular season league record. By comparison, the team was eliminated in the league semifinals and had a 4-2 league mark in 2018. Lisa van der Geest ’20 was named Defensive Player of the Year (and Scholar-Athlete of the Year), while Jennifer Stone ’04 was Coach of the Year.