CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Connecticut College field hockey program as well as several individuals earned recognition from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) for academic excellence. The Camels were most notably one of more than 100 Division III programs to earn the National Academic Team Award for registering a 3.522 team GPA during the 2018 fall semester.
"I am proud of our team for being recognized with the NFHCA Team Academic Award again this year," said head coach Chrissy Needham, whose program saw every individual student-athlete end the past semester with a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better. "Our team grade point average was well above the standard for earning this honor. Our student-athletes truly embody the term 'student-athlete,' and this award is well-deserved recognition for each of them."
In addition to the team award, 16 of the 19 players on the roster were named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad for maintaining a cumulative GPA of a 3.3 or better. The recipients were Hannah Falvey, Casey Freehill, Meghan Gazard, Kaja Hartwell, Lauren Hirshom, Logan Kilfoyle, Abby King, Cara McConaughey, Enya McGarry, Andi McGraw, Jackie Mountford, Jamie Navoni, Courtney Peyko, Sophie Pollinger, Colleen Raftery, and Kaitlin Thomas.
Furthermore, Mountford and Raftery were also recognized as NFHCA Scholars of Distinction for achieving a cumulative GPA of a 3.9 or higher through the first semester of the academic year.
"I would also like to congratulate the individual Camel field hockey student-athletes who earned spots on this year's All-Academic Squad, especially our senior class of Lauren Hirshom, Cara McConaughey, Enya McGarry, Jamie Navoni and Kaitlin Thomas for being recognized as four-year honorees. Having sixteen members of our team earn this honor is a testament to our team's collective commitment to academic excellence."