April 28, 2010
Center Valley, Pa. - Navy Senior Mary Ruttum has been named the 2010 Patriot League Women's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year, it was announced by the Patriot League office Wednesday afternoon. She becomes the first Mid to be so honored since Navy joined the League in women's lacrosse for the 2008 season. The award is voted on by women's lacrosse sports information directors from around the League.
On the field, the senior from Annapolis, Md. started all 17 games this season, scoring 18 goals and adding 15 assists for 33 points. She has multi-point efforts in nine games this season, while picking up three game-winning goals, two hat tricks and 17 ground balls. In three years of play, she is the program's second-leading scorer with 85 goals and 130 points in 52 games.
At the Naval Academy, Ruttum serves a significant leadership role within the Brigade of Midshipmen as the Seventh Company Commander, being one of just 30 individuals in the senior class to serve in that role. She is ranked 26th in the Military Order of Merit and 71st in class rank among 1,068 students in the Class of 2010 and has been named to the Superintendent's and Commandant's List six times each, including in the Fall of 2009. In addition, she is a two-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll (2008, 09) and was named to the 2009 IWLCA All-Academic Team. She is an honors Systems Engineering major and carries a 3.71 cumulative grade-point average.
To be eligible for the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade-point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen are not eligible for this honor.
The Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for each individual sport comprises the pool of nominees for the Patriot League Male and Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards given out over the summer. One male and one female are selected for this honor.