Ohio field hockey freshman Kendall Ballard earned a 2015 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars Of Distinction nod in addition to being named to the 2015 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.
May 16, 2016
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2015 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad Release (PDF)
2015 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction Release (PDF)
CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The Ohio field hockey team placed 10 student-athletes on the 2015 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad, as announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
Representing the Bobcats are senior Clarissa Leickly (Columbus, Ohio), juniors Kristen Buchanan (San Diego, Calif.) and Hannah Kingsbury (Louisville, Ky.), sophomores Maria Russell (Hudson, Ohio) and Megan Silveira (Kitchener, Ontario) and freshmen Kendall Ballard (Charlottesville, Va.), Sophia Cristofoli (Louisville, Ky.), Emma Eggleston (Houston, Texas), Illona Hartman (Eindhoven, Holland) and Alex Pennington (Easton, Pa.).
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 2014-15 academic year.
Leickly earned four-year award recipient status while Kingsbury was named to the squad for a third-straight year and Russell and Silveira for the second year in a row.
Leickly, Buchanan, Kingsbury, Russell and Silveira all represented Ohio by earning spots on the 2015 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team in November. Leickly and Russell also received MAC Distinguished Scholar Athlete recognition.
An Exercise Physiology major with a 3.593 GPA, Leickly played in all 18 matches, putting together a career season for the Bobcats by posting a career-high 19 points off of a career-high six goals, which ranked third on the team, and a career-high seven assists, which tied for second on the team. She also led the team with a career-high 49 shots -- including a career-high 30 on goal. She earned Second Team All-MAC honors for her efforts.
An Early Childhood Education major with a 3.334 GPA, Buchanan played in all 18 matches, tallying a career-high seven assists to tie for second on the team as well as her first career goal. She also logged a career-high 11 shots -- including a career-high nine on goal.
A Screenwriting & Production major with a 3.337 GPA, Kingsbury played in all 18 matches, tallying a career-high seven assists to tie for second on the team as well as her second career goal. She also logged a career-high 16 shots -- including a career-high eight on goal.
An Early Childhood Education major with a 3.436 GPA, Russell played in all 18 matches, averaging 0.67 goals per match, which ranked second in the MAC and 36th in the country, en route to receiving First Team All-MAC honors. She tallied a career-high 12 goals in 2015 to lead the Bobcats and also notched one assist to bring her point total to a career-high 25, which ranked second on the team. Russell ranked fourth on the squad with 28 shots and third with 18 shots on goal.
A Middle Childhood Language Arts/Math major with a 3.592 GPA, Silveira played in all 18 matches for Ohio in 2015.
A Pre-Athletic Training Education major with a 3.905 GPA, Ballard played in all 18 matches for the Bobcats in her rookie season, logging three points off of a goal and an assist and totaling 15 shots -- including 10 on goal. She earned Second Team All-MAC recognition for her efforts. Ballard was also honored with a 2015 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars Of Distinction nod, which is awarded to student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2015-16 academic year.
A Bios Pre Professional major with a 3.498 GPA, Cristofoli did not see action for the Bobcats in 2015.
A Pre Early Childhood major with a 3.709 GPA, Eggleston played in all 18 matches in her rookie season, posting seven points off of three goals and an assist and tallying nine shots -- including six on goal.
A Civil Engineering major with a 3.853 GPA, Hartman saw action in 13 matches, notching two points off of a goal and recording four shots -- including three on goal.
A Pre-Athletic Training Education major with a 3.684 GPA, Pennington saw action in three matches in goal, totaling eight saves.
The Bobcats were recognized with a 2015 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award in March. The National Academic Team Award recognizes those institutions that achieved a Team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the first semester of the 2015-16 academic year. Ohio garnered NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award distinction for an 11th-straight season under head coach Neil Macmillan.
The Bobcats finished 2015 with eight victories -- including three conference triumphs. Ohio qualified for the MAC Championship as the No. 4 seed, marking the 26th-straight season the Green & White qualified for the league tournament.