CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) recently announced its National Academic Team Award recipients, as well as its National Academic Squad and W&L was well represented.
Washington and Lee was one of 95 teams to produce a team grade-point average of at least 3.0 and its cumulative GPA of 3.47 was tied with Swarthmore College and Richard Stockton College for the second-highest team GPA in all of Division III.
In addition to receiving the team award, W&L had 16 individuals named to the National Academic Squad and three players honored as four-year recipients of the award. The 16 honorees marked the second-highest number of individuals from a single team, trailing only the 18 individuals from Lynchburg College.
Seniors Alex Caritis (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy), Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes) and Steph Mansey (Mendham, N.J./Randolph) were all honored for the fourth-consecutive year.
Joining them on the squad were seniors Grace McGee (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam) and Kelly Tran (Simsbury, Conn./Ethel Walker), juniors Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John’s), Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr) and Jenny Norcini (Wayne, Pa./Episcopal), sophomores Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Holy Cross), Lizz Dye (Houston, Texas/Episcopal), Susie Giampalmo (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg), Emily Kunkel (North Wales, Pa./Germantown Academy) and Annie Stevenson (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day), as well as first-years Ashley Barnes (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s), Katelyn Daugherty (Chester, Va./Governor’s School) and Katharine Price (Concord, Mass./Concord-Carlisle).
The National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2009-10 academic year. Mathews, Donnelly and Tran were all honored for the third time, while Norcini, McGee, Stevenson, Dye, Giampalmo and Benedetti were all honored for a second time.
W&L finished the 2009 season with an overall record of 10-7 and a conference record of 5-2. The Generals advanced to the semifinal round of the ODAC Tournament for the eighth year in row, where they fell to Eastern Mennonite.