FAIRFIELD, Conn. – Senior midfielder Shelby Iapoce of the Fairfield University women’s lacrosse team was honored by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association as the 2016 Division I Community Awareness Award Winner. This award recognizes student-athletes who contribute significantly to their community throughout the year. Along with the Division II and III winners, Iapoce will be honored at the IWLCA All-American Banquet on June 4th.
The midfielder has created a partnership between Fairfield Lacrosse and the Wounded Warrior Project. Over the past three years, Fairfield has raised over $40,000 for the organization and the individuals it supports. Iapoce has been integral in scheduling the event, designing and ordering apparel, collecting auction items and arranging for honorary captains to attend the annual “Play for a Cause” game. Her efforts have increased the level of awareness across Fairfield’s campus and the surrounding community. Through her leadership, the partnership has blossomed from an annual lacrosse game to a campus- and community-wide event and a yearly tradition.
The senior was also recognized by Fairfield University in April as a 2016 recipient of the William Wallin Memorial Award, presented to the student-athlete that epitomizes the late William Wallin ‘61, who demonstrated the highest levels of sportsmanship, character and leadership on and off the field.