IWLCA names Blackmon NAIA Scholar Athlete of the Year
Submitted on July 1, 2019
Avery Blackmon left an unforgettable mark on women’s lacrosse at Georgetown College. In four seasons, she set records – some which might never be touched – and picked up countless awards along the way.
Friday afternoon, the Georgia native earned another. The IWLCA named her 2019 NAIA Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The organization selects the top student-athlete from each division – NCAA DI, DII, DIII and NAIA. Nominees must be a senior or graduate student with a minimum of a 3.5 grade point average and a starter or significant reserve.
This past season, Blackmon garnered well-deserved praise as NAIA Player of the Year, NAIA All-American, Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete, Mid-South Conference Player of the Year, MSC First-Team All-Conference, MSC All-Academic and MSC Champion of Character. She graduated from Georgetown with a 3.78 as a double major in psychology and art.
Blackmon finished with five in-game Tiger records – goals (14), assists (8), points (15), plus/minus turnover margin (9), groundballs (11) and draw controls (21). She has four season records – goals (111), points (143), shooting percentage (59.4) and draw controls (193). The midfielder also has five career records – goals (302), points (427), assist (125), ground balls (251) and draw controls (584).
She became the first NAIA player to record 500-plus draw controls and only one of very few collegiate players ever to hit that mark.