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Meagher Wins NEC Scholar-Athlete Award

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Pittsburgh – Junior long-stick midfielder Sean Meagher (Chesterfield, Mo. / St. Louis University) of the Robert Morris University men’s lacrosse team was awarded for his distinguished performance on and off the field Thursday as he was selected as the Northeast Conference (NEC) Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

The RMU men’s lacrosse program has now claimed each of the past three NEC Men’s Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors as former Colonial Kiel Matiszwon the award in both 2011 and 2012.

To be eligible for the NEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in a sport, a student-athlete must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours, maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team. A double major in accounting and finance, Meagher has posted a cumulative GPA of 3.80 through the 2013 spring semester.

Meagher had a breakout junior season that saw him claim NEC Defensive Player of the Year honors after a record-setting campaign. He also became the first Colonial to earn an all-conference honor as a long-stick midfielder.

Meagher repeatedly made his impact felt on the defensive end of the field in 2013, especially by causing turnovers of RMU’s opponents. Meagher tallied a single-season school record 38 caused turnovers in 2013. His 2.53 caused turnovers per game tied for the second best mark nationally in addition to leading the conference. He became the first Colonial ever to average more than two caused turnovers per game for an entire season. He also scooped up a career-high 45 ground balls on the year, second on the team, and ranked among the top 100 nationally in ground balls per game. Meagher’s play on the defensive half of the field not only led RMU to top the nation in caused turnovers per game but also helped the Colonials lower their goals against average by nearly two scores per game compared with 2012.

Over the course of Robert Morris’ seven games against NEC opponents, Meagher combined for 21 caused turnovers and 25 ground balls. His output was one of the factors that helped RMU reach its first NEC championship game in program history.  Meagher had a heroic performance in that championship contest as he tallied a RMU single-game record and NEC Tournament record seven caused turnovers while also adding a career-high six ground balls. That effort helped Meagher take home NEC All-Tournament Team accolades.

Meagher will enter his senior season with a legitimate chance at breaking the program's career record for caused turnovers as his 55 career CT currently rank him second all-time at Robert Morris. He holds two of the top three single-season caused turnover per game marks in RMU history and has notched 73 career ground balls.

This is the third straight year that Meagher has been a member of the NEC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.

In addition to the honor for Meagher, a total of 116 student-athletes from Robert Morris covering nine spring sports, including 45 male student-athletes, were named to the 2013 NEC Spring Academic Honor Roll. To be eligible for the honor roll, student-athletes must have posted a cumulative GPA of 3.20 and be an active member of an officially recognized varsity team. Freshmen are eligible for the honor roll.

Of RMU’s 116 student-athletes to be named to the 2013 NEC Spring Academic Honor Roll, 31 were named to the NEC Spring Commissioner’s Honor Roll. To garner the honor, a student-athlete must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.75, and freshmen are eligible for the honor roll.

RMU led all league schools in selections to the Commissioner’s Honor Roll and placed the second highest number of student-athletes on the Academic Honor Roll.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.