WASHINGTON - Seventeen American University field hockey players were honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) on Wednesday, March 15, as members of the 2016 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad. Of those seventeen, three received additional honors as sophomore Maura Jacobs and seniors Jess Davis and Natalie Konerth were all recognized as NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction.
The National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.
American was one of only eight schools to have 17 or more student-athletes represented on the National Academic Squad. Brown University led the country with 19 selections, while Bucknell, Hofstra and Kent State each had 18.
SCHOLARS OF DISTINCTION
Three Eagles were among the 114 student-athletes from around the country honored as Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction. The award recognizes those individuals who achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.
Leading the way for American on that list is two-time Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year, senior Natalie Konerth, who earned her fourth consecutive Scholar of Distinction recognition after maintaining a 4.00 GPA en route to her degree in applied mathematics.
NATIONAL ACADEMIC SQUAD
Davis and Konerth were also among the highlights on the Academic Squad for American as they earned their fifth and fourth consecutive honors, respectively. Fellow-senior Grace Parke joined them as a four-year honoree.
Haley Bowcutt, Leah DiGiandomenico, Natalie Marsh and Angela Virtu all received the award for the third time in their careers, while Annaka Groschinski, Grace Imhoff, Maura Jacobs, Samantha McCormick, Alexandra Morris, Tara Murphy, Rafaela Rubas and Rachel Stefano became two-time honorees. Megan Benson and Kat Roncoroni rounded out the list as first-time award winners.
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