GILBERT, Ariz. – The Southern New Hampshire University field hockey team was named a recipient of the 2018 Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Academic Team Award and 19 Penmen student-athletes earned places on the National Academic Squad, as the organization announced its national academic awards this week.
The Penmen earned the National Academic Team Award for the fifth consecutive season. Southern New Hampshire compiled a team grade-point average of 3.63, which was third overall amongst all NCAA Division II field hockey programs. The Division II National Team Academic Award recognizes those programs that earned a team GPA of 3.30 or higher during the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year. A total of 31 institutions garnered the distinction, with Slippery Rock University leading the way with a team GPA of 3.66. Pace University slotted in second with a 3.65 mark, and the top-five was rounded out with SNHU, West Chester University (3.59) and Lindenwood University (3.58).
In addition to its team laurels, 19 Penmen earned a spot on the National Academic Squad. To garner ZAG/NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad status, a student-athlete must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2018-19 academic year.
Seniors Jackie Curtin (Londonderry, N.H.) and Alyssa Scott (Bedford, N.H.), as well as redshirt junior Cassidy Huckins (Loudon, N.H.) closed out their careers with their fourth-straight nod to the National Academic Squad. The trio was joined by freshmen Emily Campbell (Raynham, Mass.), Margaret Dougherty (Loudon, N.H.), Cameron Whelan (Seabrook, N.H.) and Meghan Wile (Littleton, Mass.); sophomores Kate Pigsley (East Kingston, N.H.) and Hélène Servais (Brussels, Belgium) and Emily Skelley (Wolfeboro, N.H.); juniors Maaike Gerkema (Driebergen, The Netherlands), Alison Hildreth (Hampton, N.H.), Isabel Hoyt (Boscawen, N.H.), Marissa Leger (Holliston, Mass.), Megan Lewis-Taylor (Nashua, N.H.), Kaitlin Oberlander (West Yarmouth, Mass.) and Laura van der Doorn (Beverwijk, The Netherlands), and seniors Maddie Holt (Seabrook, N.H.) and Melanie Rennie (Madison, Conn.).
Southern New Hampshire finished its 2018 campaign with an overall mark of 10-9 that included an 8-5 record within the confines of the Northeast-10 Conference. The Penmen set a program record for wins in a single season and qualified for its first-ever Northeast-10 Championship.
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