To sceptics of Williams athletics — especially those who think that the fact that Williams does so well is prima facie evidence of excessively lowered standards for athletes in admissions — the case of Allie Morrow ’08 is an important counter-example.

Loyola’s Allie Morrow wrapped up an amazing high school athletic career by leading her lacrosse team to the state final for the second straight year earlier this spring. Shortly thereafter, she was named the captain of the annual Pioneer Press girls lacrosse North Star team. Morrow is also the two-time captain of the North Star girls hockey team.

And now she plans on enjoying an equally rewarding college career. But she chose a road less traveled by leading local athletes when she decided to attend Williams College, a prestigious small school in rural Massachusetts that competes in the NCAA’s Division III.

“She had some pretty good Division I lacrosse programs recruiting her, but she wanted to play both sports,” coach John Dwyer says. “And Williams is a pretty special place.”

In other words, success breeds success. Williams can attract some oustanding scholar athletes precisely because it sports teams are so good and because they understand that students want to do more than just play a single sport.

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