Earlham field hockey earns NFHCA academic awards

2018 Earlham field hockey team

RICHMOND, Ind. – The Earlham College field hockey team has earned a number of individual and team academic awards from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), recognizing the achievements of the Quaker field hockey team in the classroom as well as on the field.

Earlham was one of 131 teams in Division III, and seven in the North Coast Athletic Conference, to earn Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Team Award, for achieving a team GPA of 3.00-or-higher in the Fall 2018 semester.

11 members of the Earlham field hockey team were named to the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Squad for achieving an individual GPA of 3.30-or-higher in the Fall 2018 semester. The Quakers were represented on the National Academic Squad by:

Denise Bergdolt, Fr., Mannheim, Germany
Natalie Blatz, Sr., Amherst, N.Y.
Bronwen Evans, Sr., Malkerns, Eswatini
Olivia Layne, Fr., Chico, Calif.
Molly McKellar, Fr., Chico, Calif.
Meg Murphy, F., Chico, Calif.
Kate Neal, Fr., Louisville, Ky.
Serena Pisacano, Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.
Sofia Salvatore, So., Miami, Fla.
Maite Turlings, Sr., Heemstede, The Netherlands
Alexis Warren, So., Lindenhurst, N.Y.

Blatz, Evans, and Turlings earned National Academic Squad recognition all four years of their collegiate careers. A total of 73 field hockey athletes out of the NCAC were named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad.

In addition, five members of the team were named to the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Scholars of Distinction team for achieving a GPA of 3.90-or-higher in the Fall 2018 semester: Natalie Blatz, Olivia Layne, Meg Murphy, Serena Pisacano, and Sofia Salvatore.

Earlham field hockey posted an 8-11 overall record under Head Coach Emily Girasole, with a 4-10 ledger in the NCAC. The eight wins were the most for Earlham field hockey since back-to-back 9-9-1 seasons in 1992 and 1993.

Among the Quaker victories were wins over conference foe Wittenberg, Earlham's first win over the Tigers since 1992, and a Senior Day triumph over DePauw that was the program's first over the Yellow and Black since 1993.

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