Jan. 31, 2007
WASHINGTON - American University's Heidi Hershberger (Davis, California. Davis) has been named the 2006 Patriot League Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year, conference officials announced Wednesday. In addition, Hershberger is one of 17 AU field hockey players to be named to this year's Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Hershberger already has her Bachelor's degree after completing her undergraduate coursework in three years with magna cum laude status. She is now working on her Master's in International Affairs: Foreign Policy. This is Hershberger's fourth straight year on the Academic Honor Roll.
The Davis, Calif., native started in all 21 games for the Eagles this season, who won their fourth-consecutive Patriot League Championship. The forward had 23 points on 11 goals and one assist. Additionally, Hershberger was named Second-Team All-Patriot League and First-Team NFHCA All-Region in 2006.
Hershberger winning marks the second consecutive year, and the fourth time in five seasons that an AU student-athlete has earned the award. She joins last year's winner, Maureen Daniel, along with Laura Miller (2004) and Magdalena Aguilar (2003) as the Patriot League Field Hockey Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Joining Hershberger on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll were teammates Carly Boyce (New Egypt, N.J./Allentown), Rachel Carney (Los Gatos, Calif./Archbishop Mitty), Tiffany Carter (Yardley, Pa./The Hun School of Princeton), Anne-Meike De Wiljes, (Hannover, Germany/Humboldschule Hannover), Allison Fayfich (Wexford, Pa./North Allegheny), Ashley Foley (Byfield, Mass./Governor Dummer Academy), Savannah Graybill (Ephrata, Pa./Cocalico), Maggie Hall (Annville, Pa./Palmyra), Emily Harwood (Rockville, Md./Magruder), Megan Henry (Roxbury, Conn./Shepaug Valley), Camila Infante (Santiago, Chile/Santiago College), Jesika Pufnock (Reading, Pa./Exeter), Erin Rock (Williamsburg, Va./Jamestown), Irene Schickhardt (Ludwigsburg, Germany/Schiller), Emily Stovicek (Montgomery Village, Md./Poolesville) and Katie Turner (Millersville, Md./Severna Park). Both Hershberger and Turner compiled 4.0 grade point averages.
American wrapped up the year winning its fourth straight PL title, advancing to the opening round of the 2006 NCAA tournament.