BEREA, Ohio – Senior four-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference and three-time Academic All-OAC midfielder Maddie Russell (Lakewood/Rocky River) has been named as the first Baldwin Wallace University women's lacrosse College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-American.
Russell, who was the lone OAC student-athlete to be selected, garners her first Academic All-American as she was named to NCAA Division III women's at-large second-team. She graduated this spring with Bachelor of Science in chemistry with a 3.967 grade point average. Russell was a member of the Dayton C. Miller and Chi Sigma Alpha honoraries. She was a Dean's List student and a Jacket Scholar. Russell received the POLYED Undergraduate Award for Organic Chemistry as a sophomore in 2015.
Earlier this season, she became the first women's lacrosse player in OAC history to earn first-team honors in all four years and was named the OAC Midfielder of the Year. Russell also was the BW recipient of the Clyde Lamb award given to the Most Outstanding Female Student-Athlete. She led the team in goals (38), ground balls (73), draw controls (56), caused turnovers (35) and free-positon goals (10) and was second on the team in points with 52 and tied for third in assists with 14.
For her career, Russell is the school's all-time leader in ground balls (285), points (233), draw controls (199), caused turnovers (174), goals (152) and free position goals (41). She ranks second all-time in assists with 81. Russell was named the 2015 OAC Defensive Player of the Year. She is first among NCAA Division III active career leaders in caused turnovers and is second in ground balls. Russell is a three-time Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region selection.
The Yellow Jackets finished the year with an overall record of 13-4 and finished as co-champions in the OAC regular season with a record of 7-1. The Yellow Jackets advanced to the OAC Tournament Championship game for the third time in four seasons.