The ELITE 89, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 89 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships.
In addition to making his second visit the Final Four this season, Adamson was an All Big East First Team Selection.
The University of Denver’s press release announcing Adamson as the winner of the Elite 89 award is reproduced below:
University of Denver men’s lacrosse junior Erik Adamson (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) became the second Pioneers in lacrosse program history to be honored with the prestigious Elite 89 award, which recognizes the student-athlete who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his peers.
Adamson has accumulated a 3.89 GPA over the last three years with a degree in Finance. He leads the Pioneers with 44 goals and has played in every game this season. Former Pioneer Patrick Rogers won the Elite 88 (88 championships in 2011) award back in 2011 when Denver advanced to Championship Weekend for the first time in program history.
The Elite 89 award is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 89 championships.
Eligible student-athlete need to be at least a sophomore in academic and athletic standings and in at least his second year of competition (in any sport) at his current institution. The student-athlete is an active member on the roster and a member of the designated squad size for the championship site. Each student-athlete is only eligible to win the award once per academic year, even if he/she participates in more than one sport.
Photo Courtesy of University of Denver Men’s Lacrosse Press Release