GILBERT, AZ – The Ohio field hockey team has earned 2017 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team recognition, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association on Tuesday (March 21).
The National Academic Team Award recognizes those institutions that achieved a Team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the first semester of the 2017-18 academic year.
Ohio earned NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award distinction for the 12th time in 13 seasons and the Bobcats have seen consistent academic success throughout the year.
Ohio tied with Ball State to lead the Mid-American Conference with ten representatives on the 2017 Field Hockey Academic All-MAC team. Members of Ohio's squad included Karynne Baker (Falls Church, Va.) Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.), Amy Edgerton (Louisville, Ky.) Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas), Illona Hartman (Velserbroek, The Netherlands) Brittany Keen (Perth, Western Australia), Gabby Lorenzo (Centereach, N.Y.) Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.), Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) and Megan Silveira (Kitchener, Ontario).
The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.
Ohio's Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) earned recognition after first semester as a Distinguished Scholar Athlete in the Mid-American Conference. Russell earned a 3.53 GPA in the fall semester as an education major, marking her second year in a row earning the recognition. 14 field hockey players from the MAC were awarded distinguished scholar athlete status as voted on by faculty athletic representatives at MAC institutions.