Field Hockey Finishes With Top Five GPA in Country For Second Straight Year

Field Hockey Finishes With Top Five GPA in Country For Second Straight Year

CHANDLER, Arizona – The Earlham College field hockey team earned the Division III National Academic Team Award, given out by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA).

In order to receive this award, teams need to achieve a 3.0 grade-point average (GPA) or higher. The Quakers, as a team, tallied a 3.65 grade-point average. Only three other schools in all of NCAA Division III, Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania), Mount Holyoke College (Massachusetts), and Springfield College (Maryland) finished with team GPAs higher than Earlham. In addition, the Quakers have finished with one of the top five GPAs in the country for the second consecutive year.

"I am very happy that for the second year in a row our student-athletes academic accomplishments have been recognized," head coach Heather Moore said. "I am proud of their hard work and continue to be amazed by their academic achievements."
 
A dozen Quakers were named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad, given to student-athletes with cumulative GPAs 3.3 and above. Seniors Kaitlyn BrunnerKristina BrunnerSeren Keskin, and Megan Hut, juniors Olivia Honigman, Lara Khalifeh, and Grace Makhoul, sophomores Natalie Blatz and Thu Pham along with freshmen Sydney BarnesBronwen Evans, and Kudzai Mushongahande earned this honor. In addition, Hut and Kaitlyn Brunner were named National Academic Squad for the fourth consecutive year.
  
Barnes, Blatz, and Makhoul garnered NFHCA Scholars of Distinction honors, given to student-athletes with cumulative GPAs 3.9 and above.
  

Earlham concluded its 2016 season with a 6-13 overall record and a 3-11 mark in NCAC play. The win total marks the highest for the Quakers since the 2008 season.

 

 
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