CHANDLER, Ariz. – The National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced its academic awards for the 2016 season, and the Salisbury University field hockey team claimed numerous awards, with the highest number of top-academic honorees in Division III.
Salisbury earned a Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Academic Team Award as one of 124 programs in Division III to post a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the 2016 fall semester.
The Sea Gulls did so on the strength of 20 student-athletes with a GPA of at least 3.30 during the semester. Those 20 student-athletes were named to the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad. Seniors Annah Brittingham, Hannah Miller, Casie Preisch, Becca Rinaca, Abbey Shobe, Jessie Todd; juniors Nicole Lindner, Natalie Wilkinson, Tressie Windsor; sophomores Madison Angulas, Gina D'Asto, Emily Lemanski, Eliza Pauk, Catherine Sweeney, Emma Vicchio; freshmen Rachel Domanico, Lindsey Elgin, Jillian Hughes, Sarah Jackson, and Arielle Johnston were all named to the list as only two other programs had 20 players named to the list, to tie Salisbury for the top mark.
Miller and Shobe were two of just 185 seniors this season to have been named to the Academic Squad in each of their four years.
Three of the Sea Gulls: Jackson, Johnston, and Lindner were named Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction for having achieved a 3.90 GPA or higher for the fall semester.
Overall, 1,604 student-athletes were named to the National Academic Squad, representing 148 schools, while 208 were named Scholars of Distinction from 103 programs.