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All 2016-17 NFHCA Memberships expired on June 30, 2017.  Memberships must be renewed by September 30th to be eligible to participate in all NFHCA sponsored programs.

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Monmouth trip
Wednesday, July 26

Monmouth Enjoys First International Experience

By Matt Dougherty, NFHCA Director of Communications

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For Monmouth Head Coach Carli Figlio, the first foreign trip in the 20-year history of her program provided memorable moments and team-building for her student-athletes on and off the field.

“We had a small group that went because our team was relatively small,” Figlio said. “The girls were amazing, they were respectful and adults. The bonding that happened with them as well as with the coach-player relationship is not something you are going to get in practices every day. Seeing everyone in different environments and social settings makes everyone more relatable. We always say we are a family away from home but it kind of really showed when you are in different cultures and trying to understand the language and ask questions to work together.”

The Monmouth squad departed on May 16 for its 10-day trip to Holland and Italy. Figlio felt the two locations brought together the on and off the field experience for her team.

“We picked Holland because we have two players on the team and we wanted to have them show us where they’re from. We chose Italy as a bit of a bonus and more as a cultural experience. Our university believes strongly in doing a trip every few years and participating in community service with a different culture that the kids can learn about. We were in Holland for the majority of the time and spent the last three or four days in Italy.”

The journey began with time in Holland, where the Hawks played against Victoria HC within nine hours of landing on May 17 followed by contests the next two days against Leiden Ladies and Rotterdam HC. The trip to Holland was a homecoming for a pair of Rotterdam natives on the Monmouth roster, Julie Laszlo and Josephine van der Hoop.

“We played against Julie’s club team first,” Figlio said. “The level of play there is very high. It gave our girls an opportunity to play against a really skilled team that also had a lot of fitness. We had taken a red-eye and then we got off the plane and played. The next club team we played was about the same level, and the third club we played was Josephine’s team and it was the second level of the club, more around the 16-17-18 age range. We had an opportunity to see the best and then a level below where we got a couple shots. The girls were definitely nervous playing back at home, but it was great to get a taste of their club and their everyday life. Everyone kind of grows up in that club environment over in Holland, and we were able to have some incoming freshmen from Holland who came to see our last game.”

While the games gave the team an opportunity to build cohesion on the field, the rest of the trip featured moments that to remember for a lifetime. “In Holland we did a really amazing bike tour in a small little town,” Figlio said. “We went to the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam. We also worked a clinic with about 150 youth that all kind of came from lower income areas. It wasn’t an after-school program, but something very similar to that. We just had a sports day and were out there with them the whole time. A lot of the kids couldn’t speak English, so it also gave us an opportunity to see how hard it is to communicate when it’s not your first language.”

Figlio added, “We went to a little city called Delft in Holland, and in Italy we did a lot of sightseeing in Rome, Capri Island and Sorrento. We went kayaking, had a paddleboarding experience in the canals and had tours of some amazing cultural sites. We gave the girls some free time to explore, but every day was pretty packed.”

The trip was organized by Zag Sports, and the student-athletes all had an opportunity to see sights and learn culture, and also find out more about their sport and how it is played in a different country.

“It was definitely the first time for a lot of them to go out of the country,” Figlio said. “Just to see two totally different cultures was amazing, not just from a cultural standpoint but also from a hockey standpoint. In Holland hockey is like a lifestyle for enjoyment and you start at such a different age. It was really cool to be able to see both of those. It was a great balance from seeing a lot of beautiful things in Holland and Italy from also being able to give back to kids who were less fortunate. They got a kick that we couldn’t speak their language so it was kind of a talking point there.”

She added, “By going to Holland they kind of get their teammates more. If you’re not an hour and a half from the university, you have to get on a plane and it’s an entirely different culture and environment. Seeing a different perspective and worldview will help them grow as people.”

The opportunity to go on an overseas trip for the first time was very important for Figlio as she aims to provide a complete experience for her student-athletes.

“It means we are invested in not just field hockey but we want to be able to bring a well-rounded experience to these girls,” Figlio said. “Athletes in college have different priorities in their time and this way we can reward them with life experiences that they can talk about for a long time to come. For anyone we are recruiting to see us on an international stage and see how seriously we are taking it, hopefully it translates into our recruits in the future to see us having that experience.”



USFHL Nationals
Monday, July 24

USFHL National Championship to Showcase Best of Local Clubs

By Matt Dougherty, NFHCA Director of Communications

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The United States Field Hockey League (USFHL) National Championship will take place from July 28-30 at Spooky Nook in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with eight men’s and eight women’s teams competing to be crowned as the best adult team in the country.

Kendra Lucking, the non-profit director for the USFHL, has been busy coordinating the event which will allow the best adult teams from local leagues the opportunity to compete to be the 2017 USFHL National Champions.

“When chatting with adult leaders in field hockey over the past two years, we identified that the first step in us coming together and growing the game for adults nationally is to have a competition for the strongest teams to compete to be national champions. USFHL is designed to serve all levels of local and national adult field hockey, but our first step needed to be a men’s and women’s adult championship. In the first year we wanted to keep it small so we could work out the kinks. We’ll kick off with something special so people will want to come back.”

The USFHL National Championship is not a pay-to-play tournament, and teams had to qualify from their local leagues. Confirmed teams in the women’s tournament include Rovers Greenwich FHC (N.Y.), Lancaster United (Pa.) Baltimore Field Hockey Association, DC Dragons, NCAFH (North Carolina), Miami Surf, Olympic Club (Northern California) and Steelstyx. The men’s event will feature Greenwich (N.Y.) Field Hockey Club, DC Dragons, Miami Surf, Philly Premier FHA, Midwest Warriors, Texas FHC and SE/USA. Additional teams will be confirmed as the event draws closer.

“There are a lot of strong leagues providing great adult field hockey thanks to passionate local leaders who put in a ton of time of effort for adults to continue playing the sport, often with little thanks and credit. A primary goal of USFHL is to support them through technology, marketing, events, and coming together to strengthen the pipeline and the national community ” Lucking said. “Some notable successful leagues providing top hockey include NEFHA in New York, the Federation in Southern California, and BAFHA & NFHCA in Northern California which offers separate men’s and women’s competition. Texas offers a competitive men’s league and PFHA in Philadelphia has a strong women’s league. Other successful co-ed leagues include NEPL in Boston, Triangle in North Carolina, BFHA in Baltimore which is the oldest field hockey association, and DC Dragons. Perhaps the most exciting thing for me to see this year were formations of new leagues for example in Florida and Georgia in the Southeast and also WFHA, VA Beach, and Triangle formed leagues to provide localized cost effective options for their athletes. Many of the leaders from these communities are on the advisory board of USFHL guiding the organization’s next steps.”

The USFHL National Championship will be played the weekend before the 2017 Men’s and Women’s Pan American Cup, which takes place at Spooky Nook from August 4-13. The Pan Am Cup athletes will be practicing at the site while the USFHL National Championship is being held.

“Making it the weekend before the Pan Am Cup will provide an exciting background so it can be special even though there will only be 16 teams this year,” Lucking said.

In addition to the tournament, the USFHL National Championship weekend will include a convention, social and North vs South all-star game. Lucking says a goal for 2018 is to double the participation . Many communities were excited about the opportunity but were not able to submit teams in 2017, but have plans in place so that teams can qualify from their area in 2018. She hopes to see growing competition at the local level as the national championship event develops.

“Teams had to be selected through local competition, and we are utilizing local hockey to be able to compete in nationals,” Lucking said. “This is a competition of the best teams in the nation, not the best all-stars or someone who has friends that could come in. There are rules behind local participation so it truly is a competition between the best teams. We want to spotlight the club teams to grow local participation since we don’t have huge adult club participation in the United States compared to some other countries.”

Vernon Vassou, the co-captain of DC Dragons, said his team is excited for the challenge of competing against other top squads around the country.

“The national tournament provides the DC Dragons an opportunity to compete at a national level, and exposes our players to a higher standard of hockey,” Vassou said. “To represent the DC Metro area is a great honor and a source of pride. We have reached out to players throughout our region to have good representation.”

Lucking said the USFHL is a non-profit that is dedicated to growing the game, and doing so at the adult level will keep players engaged after they have completed collegiate competition.

“Whenever players graduate, a lot of times they get questions on how to get plugged into the game,” Lucking said. “We are organizing, providing structure and growing in one place so adults know the website or place to go so that they can get plugged in to play.”

Prospective players can go to USFHL.com to find out more about the organization and what is going on at local levels throughout the country. Lucking said the website is key so players will have a central location to get information and not just rely on word of mouth.

“When we work together the adult community can get coverage and marketing through the big field hockey organizations,” she said. “Players can then get plugged in locally where local organizations would not have that power by themselves.”

Lucking has helped start, coach, and managed a number of youth field hockey clubs in San Francisco, and believes that building the adult game will have a lasting effect on youth in the sport as well. Once adults are engaged in the game in their local communities, Lucking hopes to see a family sport dynamic and a stronger pipeline for athletes for a trickle-down effect to get more youth engaged and involved in field hockey.

Lucking hopes to see the championship not only grow from year one to year two, but to continue to blossom as the local leagues develop and field hockey participation picks up across the country. She hopes that post-collegiate players from all different levels will be engaged in continuing their careers after graduation.

“The first year and probably next year is starting out with the most competitive teams, but in the future we want to break into tier one and tier two to pull in more fieldhouses and rec leagues at a different level to really see growth, particularly with men,” Lucking said. “Tier one and tier two would support the broader type of athlete and get more engaged with adults so they are giving something back. That way you would have the social tournaments as well that are really popular in other countries. Also in two-to-three years we want to support indoor field hockey for adults and also have more fundraising through corporate sponsorship and events for the local leagues to help mitigate the costs for athletes.”

She added, “When I let myself get very excited about the potential of adult growth, I think ten years from now when clubs from youth through adult are larger there can be more partnering with colleges and other facilities for more access to the astroturf surfaces since that is what adults want to play on and is probably the biggest limiting factor in growing the game for adults.”



Monmouth
Monday, July 17

NFHCA July Newsletter Now Available Online

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) will produce a monthly newsletter throughout the 2017 season, with the first edition now available online here.

The July newsletter consists of feature stories on first-year programs at both Converse College and the University of New Haven, international trips for Monmouth University and Yale University and club teams including Potomac and Rapids (Va.) Field Hockey and the Souderton (Pa.) Strikers. The newsletter also contains stories on next weekend's United States Field Hockey League (USFHL) National Championship, NFHCA Top Recruit Spring Fling and CoachTube as well as additional news and notes.

The stories will be released individually on the NFHCA website over the coming weeks. The next NFHCA newsletter will be available in August. 

 



Becca Halter
Friday, June 9

15 Field Hockey Student-Athletes Earn CoSIDA Academic All-America Honors

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - Fifteen field hockey student-athletes received recognition for their success on the turf and in the classroom with a spot on the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Women’s Academic All-America At-Large Teams released for all divisions this week.

Messiah’s Lindsay Bower led the way in Division III with a selection to the first team, while Rochester’s Sayaka Abe, Tufts’ Annie Artz, Skidmore’s Becca Halter and Worcester Polytechnic’s Hope Shevchuk were on the second team.

Making the list in Division I were Liberty’s Serena Barr, Kent State’s Ines Delpech, Albany’s Paula Heuser Hofstra’s Stella Schoen and Quinnpiac’s Angie King on the second team, with American’s Natalie Konerth on the third team.

Four student-athletes who recently completed their senior year made the list in Division II, with East Stroudsburg’s Emily Howell, Bloomsburg’s Samantha Peters and Millersville’s Margaret Thorwart on the second team and East Stroudsburg’s Danielle Ard on the third team.

Fourteen of the 15 student-athletes completed their senior season in 2016, while Delpech will be a senior at Kent State next season.

The Academic All-America teams recognize student-athletes for their combined performance athletically and in the classroom. The Women’s At-Large Team is comprised of student-athletes from the sports of beach volleyball, bowling, crew/rowing, fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo in addition to field hockey.

Each of the 15 student-athletes previously made the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad announced in March, while nine of the honorees also made the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Scholars of Distinction lists for holding a cumulative grade-point average of 3.9 or higher through the spring semester.

Barr, Thorwart and Halter were the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Scholar-Athlete honorees for their respective divisions for maintaining the highest GPA among student-athletes who earned All-America status in 2016.

The honorees on the Academic All-America Team made the CoSIDA Women’s At-Large Academic All-District Team, which was released last month. Ten additional field hockey student-athletes also earned Academic All-District recognition.



Barnett
Friday, May 26

Flow Drills with Yale Assistant Coach Jess Barnett 

CHANDLER, Ariz. – Yale assistant coach Jess Barnett has provided a breakdown of flow drills for the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).

Barnett played collegiately at Iowa from 2009-12, where she was an All-American and helped her school to the NCAA Tournament as both a junior and senior. She played internationally for the Canadian National Team, helping her squad to a bronze medal at the Pan American Cup in Argentina. Barnett worked as a volunteer assistant at her alma mater before joining the Yale staff last fall.

View Barnett's breakdown of right side, left side and transfer flow drills here.



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Monday, May 22

University of Iowa Reaches Settlement with Tracey Griesbaum

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – The University of Iowa announced on Friday that it has reached a settlement with former field hockey head coach Tracey Griesbaum. The settlement ends all pending legal action against the university.

Griesbaum had filed a gender bias lawsuit against the university, and will receive a nearly $1.5 million settlement with a sum of $300,000 in wages and another totaling $1,187,588.98 in emotional distress. The athletic department will also pay for attorney fees totaling over $1 million. Griesbaum filed a Stipulation for Dismissal with Prejudice for all of her claims against the university.

Griesbaum spent 14 seasons as head coach at Iowa before her dismissal just prior to the start of the 2014 season. She led the Hawkeyes to six NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Final Four run in 2008, and Big Ten Tournament titles in three straight years from 2006-08.

Griesbaum had filed suit against the university for gender discrimination, alleging that the athletics department had pushed her and other female employees out of their positions. The university also reached a settlement with former senior associate athletics director Jane Meyer.

The settlements will be funded by the Iowa athletics department, and the university will hire an independent counsel to conduct an external review of employment practices.

Andy Whitcomb, the President of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and head coach at Mount Holyoke College, provided the following statement in reaction to the settlement.

"This was a great outcome for not only Tracey Griesbaum and Jane Meyer, but for the countless other female coaches who have faced similar discrimination and unjust dismissals or demotions. We know the facts from the Women's Sports Foundation study, Beyond X's and O's, that there is gender bias in women's college athletics. This, to me, is the shot heard round the college coaching community and a warning for those administrators that this unlawful behavior will no longer be tolerated and there are serious repercussions for such discriminatory firings. For all those women who have pending legal cases against their institutions for gender or sexual orientation discrimination, or retaliation, or unequal pay or whistle-blower violations, I sincerely hope that this case gives them the necessary faith and steadfastness to pursue and seek justice. True vindication, I believe, would be the ability for Tracey to pursue a collegiate coaching job in the sport she loves without prejudice; a luxury countless male coaches have been afforded post litigation."



CoSIDA
Tuesday, May 16

25 Field Hockey Student-Athletes Earn CoSIDA Academic All-District Honors 

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Field hockey student-athletes were well-represented on the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) Women’s Academic All-District At-Large Teams released for all divisions last week.

A total of 25 field hockey student-athletes were honored across the eight districts, with 12 selected from Division III, eight from Division I and five from Division II. The Academic All-District teams recognize student-athletes for their combined performance athletically and in the classroom.

The honorees from Division III included a trio from Montclair State, with Danielle Butrico, Camille Maimone and Megan Roeloffs all honored in District 2. The rest of the Division III student-athletes included Annie Artz (Tufts), Elizabeth DiCesare (Mount Holyoke) and Hope Shevchuk (Worcester Polytechnic Institute) in District 1, Sayaka Abe (Rochester) and Becca Halter (Skidmore) in District 3 and Lindsay Bower (Messiah), Emily Boyle (Muhlenberg), Halley Donlin (Elizabethtown) and Rachel Strow (Muhlenberg) in District 4.

The Division I honorees came from eight different schools. The list included Paula Heuser (Albany), Angie King (Quinnipiac) and Stella Schoen (Hofstra) In District 1, Natalie Konerth (American) in District 2, Serena Barr (Liberty), Robin Blazing (Duke) and Jessy Silfer (Wake Forest) in District 3 and Ines Delpech (Kent State) in District 5.

Each of the Division II honorees were selected in District 2, including a pair from East Stroudsburg in Danielle Ard and Emily Howell. Courtney Konowal (Kutztown), Samantha Peters (Bloomsburg) and Margaret Thorwart (Millersville) joined their fellow Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference colleagues on the squad.

All 25 student-athletes previously made the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad announced in March, while 15 of the honorees also made the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Scholars of Distinction lists for holding a cumulative grade-point average of 3.9 or higher through the spring semester.

Barr, Thorwart and Halter were the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Scholar-Athlete honorees for their respective divisions for maintaining the highest GPA among student-athletes who earned All-America status in 2016. Twelve of the student-athletes on the Academic All-District squad were previously named to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-America teams for their play on the field in the past season.

Each of the Academic All-District honorees advances to the national ballot for the CoSIDA Women’s At-Large Academic All-America Team, which will be selected later in the month. The sports included in the Women’s At-Large Team include beach volleyball, bowling, crew/rowing, fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis and water polo in addition to field hockey.



NCAA
Thursday, May 11

Division I Field Hockey Teams Excel in NCAA APR Report 

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Field hockey teams at the NCAA Division I level continue to stand out in the classroom as they combined to post outstanding numbers in the latest release of the four-year Academic Progress Rate.

More than 80 percent of Division I field hockey teams scored above the national all-sport APR four-year average of 981. Thirteen schools received NCAA Public Recognition Awards after achieving a perfect APR score of 1,000, with the list including Brown, Bucknell, Colgate, Columbia, Connecticut, Georgetown, Indiana, Northwestern, Penn, Saint Louis, Stanford, Villanova and Virginia Commonwealth.

Every Division I sports team across the nation calculates its Academic Progress Rate each academic year, like a report card. Scholarship student-athletes each semester earn one point for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating. At schools that don’t offer scholarships, recruited student-athletes are tracked.

Rates are an average of each school’s performance for the past four years. National aggregates are based on all teams with usable data at the time of analysis. The national analysis is based on member-provided data from April 5.



Stonehill
Monday, April 3

Stonehill, Division II Schools Take Part in 5K to Fundraise for Childhood Cancer Fund

Courtesy of Stonehill Athletic Communications 

EASTON, Mass. - Supported by NCAA Division II field hockey programs around the country, Stonehill College sophomore back MacKenzie Greenberg and the Skyhawks field hockey program raised $3,000 for the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Fund with its Athletes Crush Cancer 5K run on campus recently.

Inspired by Greenberg, who was diagnosed with thyroid cancer sophomore at Hopedale High School and continues her battle to this day, Stonehill field hockey head coach Susan Ciufo assisted her in organizing the 5K race as a fundraiser along with Athletes Crush Cancer. The response was overwhelming, not just on the Stonehill campus, but throughout the field hockey community as 18 fellow NCAA Division II programs, including nine of its 14 fellow Northeast-10 Conference teams,  made donations and participated in their own way, including running the 5K on their campuses the weekend of the event.

"I just wanted to give back to what Athletes Crush Cancer has done," said Greenberg of the fundraiser. "It turned out to be so much more than I ever expected when we started to plan it a month ago. Thanks to the D2 Challenge and the support of the other field hockey programs around the country, it turned into so much more than I could have anticipated and to me, that means the world."

Behind the support of Millersville University head coach Shelly Behrens' challenge to all field hockey programs in Division II to support Greenberg's 5K, the following programs all contributed in some way: Assumption, Bloomsburg, East Stroudsburg, Franklin Pierce, Lindenwood, LIU Post, Mercy, Mercyhurst, Millersville, New Haven, Pace, Saint Anselm, Saint Michael's, Seton Hill, Slippery Rock, Southern Connecticut State, Southern New Hampshire and West Chester.

Fellow Stonehill teams that supported the event were: Women's Basketball, Women's Lacrosse, Men's and Women's Soccer, Men's and Women's Cross Country/Track & Field.

 "It was such an amazing day for 'Mack,' the coaching staff and team," said Ciufo. "We are just so touched by the amount of people that showed up on campus and the support of the field hockey teams around Division II running their own 5Ks on their campuses. The amount of support by so many means so much."

Individuals can still support the Arms Wide Open Cancer Fund by making a donation here.



Becca Halter
Thursday, March 23

Skidmore’s Becca Halter Named Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Scholar Athlete

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Skidmore senior Becca Halter has been named as the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Scholar Athlete, it was announced Thursday.

Halter claims the award given to the first, second or third-team All-American in Division III who maintains the highest cumulative grade-point average through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

Halter earned Longstreth/NFHCA Third-Team All-America status as a senior in 2016, starting all 22 games with four goals and five assists and helping her squad to the Liberty League Tournament title and a quarterfinal appearance in the NCAA Division III Championship. She was also selected to play in the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division III Senior Game.

Halter was also recognized for her success in the classroom during her time at Skidmore. She was named to the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction lists in each of her four seasons.

Halter becomes the second recipient of the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division III National Scholar Athlete Award, with University of Mary Washington’s Haley Kane claiming the honor in each the last two seasons.



Serena Barr
Wednesday, March 22

Liberty’s Serena Barr Named Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Scholar Athlete

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Liberty senior Serena Barr has been honored as the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Scholar Athlete, it was announced Wednesday.

Barr claims the award given to the first, second or third-team All-American in Division I who maintains the highest cumulative grade-point average through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

Barr completed an outstanding senior season for the Flames in 2016, leading her squad with 27 points by recording eight goals and 11 assists. She earned Longstreth/NFHCA Second-Team All-America status after previously being named an All-South Region pick and the BIG EAST Co-Defensive Player of the Year. She competed in the Victory Sports Tours/NFHCA Division I Senior Game and finished her career as Liberty’s all-time leader in assists (38) while placing third in points (96) and fourth in goals (29).

Barr was also recognized for her success in the classroom during her time at Liberty. She was named to the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction lists in each of her four seasons.

Barr becomes the third winner of the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division I National Scholar Athlete Award, following Duke’s Lauren Blazing (2015) and Old Dominion’s Kelsey Smither (2014).



Margaret Thorwart
Tuesday, March 21

Millersville’s Thorwart Named Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Scholar Athlete

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – Millersville senior Margaret Thorwart has been honored as the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Scholar Athlete, it was announced on Tuesday.

Thorwart claims the award given to the first or second-team All-American in Division II who maintains the highest cumulative grade-point average through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

A senior from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Thorwart concluded an outstanding career as a Longstreth/NFHCA First-Team All-American in 2016. She tallied a team-high 20 points with seven goals and six assists while starting all 22 contests for the Marauders, who won the tournament title in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II Championship.

Thorwart made both the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction lists in each of her four seasons at Millersville.

Thorwart becomes the third winner of the Zag Sport/NFHCA Division II National Scholar Athlete Award, following LIU Post’s Dani Crouse (2014) and Adelphi’s Rachel Colvin (2015).



Zag Sports
Thursday, March 16

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction Announced

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CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Academic Squad was announced on Thursday with 1,625 student-athletes making the list and 150 schools with representation.

Also on Thursday, a total of 211 student-athletes representing 103 different schools were recognized as Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Scholars of Distinction.

The Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad includes all student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year. The Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

National champion Messiah College, fellow Final Four participant Salisbury University and Mount Holyoke College all shared top honors with 20 student-athletes making the National Academic Squad. An additional 28 schools placed at least 15 student-athletes on the list.

There were 187 seniors noted for making the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad in each of their four seasons.

The University of Maine at Farmington and Simmons College led all schools with six student-athletes receiving the Scholars of Distinction honor, while Cedar Crest College and Misericordia University each had five selections and five other schools notched four honorees.  

View the full list of honorees on the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad and the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction.



Zag Sports
Wednesday, March 15

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction Announced

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Squad was announced on Wednesday with 929 student-athletes making the list and 79 schools with representation.

In addition, a total of 115 student-athletes representing 55 different schools were recognized as Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction.  

The Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad includes all student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.  The Scholars ofDistinction list includes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

Brown University led all schools with 19 selections to the National Academic Squad, while Bucknell, Hofstra and Kent State each totaled 18. An additional 12 schools had at least 15 student-athletes make the National Academic Squad.

There were 139 seniors noted for making the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad in each of their four seasons.

Brown also led all schools with seven student-athletes receiving the Scholar of Distinction nod, followed by Saint Francis University with five. An additional 14 schools had at least three student-athletes on the Scholars of Distinction list.

View the full releases for the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad and the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction.


Zag Sports
Tuesday, March 14

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad and Scholars of Distinction Announced

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CHANDLER, Ariz. – The Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Academic Squad was announced on Tuesday with 427 student-athletes making the list and 31 schools with representation.

In addition, a total of 79 student-athletes representing 24 different schools were recognized as Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II Scholars of Distinction.  

The Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad includes all student-athletes with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.30 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.  The Scholars ofDistinction list includes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.

East Stroudsburg University led all schools with 21 student-athletes making the National Academic Squad, while Limestone College and Newberry College each had 20 honorees. An additional 11 schools placed at least 15 student-athletes on the National Academic Squad.

Fifty-five seniors were noted for making the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad in each of their four seasons.

Nine schools placed at least four student-athletes on the Scholars of Distinction list. Kutztown University, Limestone College and Lindenwood University led all schools with seven student-athletes making the list.

View the full list of honorees for the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad and the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division II Scholars of Distinction.



WHAT IS THE NFHCA?

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a non-profit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.

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