Five field hockey players named NFHCA Scholars of Distinction

2017 Earlham field hockey team

RICHMOND, Ind. – Five Earlham College field hockey student-athletes have been named Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III Scholars of Distinction, for earning a 3.90-or-higher GPA during the Fall 2017 semester.

Sophomore Sydney Barnes, junior Natalie Blatz, senior Lara Khalifeh, senior Grace Makhoul, and first year Sofia Salvatore were among the 242 student-athletes representing 105 institutions to be named to the list.

This is the second round of academic honors that Earlham field hockey has garnered this week; on Tuesday, the Quakers received the NFHCA National Academic Team Award for having a 3.65 GPA – fourth-highest among all Division III field hockey programs.

"I am extremely proud of my team and each of my student athletes," said Emily Girasole, Earlham's head field hockey coach. "This is a great accomplishment as a team to have a GPA of 3.65. These awards illustrate how hard we work not only on the field, but in the classroom. We will continue to strive to be number one as both students and athletes."

Led by first-year Head Coach Emily Girasole, Earlham field hockey finished the 2017 season with a 6-10 overall record, 5-9 in the North Coast Athletic Conference. The Quakers' five victories in conference play was the most for the program since joining the ranks of Division III 1989.

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