March 21, 2013
ATHENS, Ohio - The Ohio University field hockey team received a 2012 National Academic Team Award and placed 10 student-athletes on the 2012 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division One National Academic Squad.
In addition, sophomore Caelyn Hartley (Escondido, Calif.) earned a spot on an exclusive list of athletes on the 2012 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction Team. These student-athletes have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year.
Seniors Cathryn Altdoerffer (Conestoga, Pa.) , Riley Higgins (Louisville, Ky.) and Laura Mastro (Endwell, N.Y.) were joined by juniors Katherine Fenzel (Louisville, Ky.) and Luli Gomez Teruel (Salta, Argentina), sophomores Ashley Cureton (Henrico, Va.), Hartley and Danielle Rissmiller (Lancaster, Pa.) and freshmen Clarissa Leickly (Gahanna, Ohio) and Nicole van Batenburg (Voorburg, Netherlands).
The National Academic Team Award goes to any program that achieves a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, and 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 2012-13 academic year.
This marks the fourth-consecutive year that Altdoerffer and Mastro have made the National Academic Squad.
For more information about Ohio field hockey’s NFHCA honorees, please see below:
Division I Scholars of Distinction Team:
Hartley was an integral part of Ohio field hockey’s successful 2012 season, playing in all 17 of the Bobcats’ games. The sophomore chipped in well offensively, scoring three goals to tie for fourth on the team. Hartley was very efficient with her scoring opportunities, as her three tallies came on just 10 shots, eight of which were on target. Hartley also earned a spot on the National Academic squad with nine of her teammates listed below. National Academic Squad:
One of the most dependable players to suit up for the Bobcats over the past four years, Altdoerffer had an excellent senior season. The Conestoga, Pa., native did not miss a single game, starting all 17 throughout the season. During the year, she scored two goals and added five assists to Ohio’s offensive efforts, ending the season with nine points. Altdoerffer pestered opposing defenses all season, firing 43 total shots, 26 of which found their way on target. In recognition of her strong senior season, Altdoerffer was selected to play in the NFHCA Senior Game, earned NFHCA All-Region honors and was named First Team All-MAC.
A reliable contributor for the Green and White, Mastro started all 17 matches of Ohio’s 2012 season. She scored two goals during the season and provided six assists to her teammates, finishing with a total of 10 points. The senior fired 13 total shots during the year, seven of which found their way on target. Mastro’s 10 points ranked fourth on the team in 2012. For her efforts, Mastro was named Second Team All-MAC.
Higgins was a reliable starter for the Bobcats in 2012, starting 14 of of Ohio’s 17 matches throughout the season. Higgins scored a goal and notched an assist on the season.
Katherine was a consistent starter for the Bobcats in 2012, starting 16 of Ohio’s 17 matches throughout the season. She did not miss a single game, playing a significant role in the lone match which she did not start. Katherine scored one goal on the season and fired 12 total shots in her 17 matches, three of which found their way on target. This marks the third-straight season in which Fenzel has earned National Academic Squad honors.
Luli Gomez Teruel:
Luli played in 13 games for the Bobcats during the 2012 campaign. She was very productive, scoring seven goals, good for second on the team. Her goal against Robert Morris proved to be the game-winner. The Argentinian native also netted an assist. Gomez Teruel finished the season with 15 points.
Cureton had a strong 2012 season for Ohio field hockey, appearing in 12 of the Bobcats’ 17 games and scoring three goals as a sophomore. A student-athlete who was very efficient with her scoring chances, Cureton scored her three goals on just three total shots, operating at 100 percent efficiency with her opportunities. This marks the second-straight season in which Cureton has earned National Academic Squad honors.
Rissmiller played in five games for Ohio through the 2012 season. The Lancaster, Pa. native fired two shots on goal.
Leickly, a freshman, made an immediate impact for the Bobcats in 2012. The Gahanna, Ohio, native played in all 17 of Ohio’s matches on the season.
Nicole van Batenburg:
Van Batenburg played in 14 matches for the Bobcats during the 2012 season. The freshman fired five shots and distributed an assist on the season.
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