Chandler, Ariz. - March 22, 2017 - The Springfield College field hockey program was recognized for its hard work in the classroom by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) as it earned the ZAG Field Hockey / NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Award for the fifth time in the last seven seasons.
Of the 125 Division III field hockey programs that earned ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Team honors, Springfield College earned the second-best grade-point average in the nation, as it posted a cumulative GPA of 3.68.
Additionally, the Pride had 18 student-athletes named to the 2016 ZAG Field Hockey / NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad, which recognizes student-athletes that have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.
From the 2016 team, the honorees included: Juliana Barrasso (Bayport, N.Y.), Hannah Boylan (Mansfield, Mass.), Taylor Conley (Yarmouth Port, Mass.), Belle Copponi (Dover, Mass.), Abbey Doherty (Hampton, N.H.), Emmalie Drake (Pittsford, N.Y.), Taylor Field (Eastham, Mass.), Gabby Guerard (Derry, N.H.), Paige Laperle (South Auburn, Mass.), Jill Macdonald (South Yarmouth, Mass.), Ann Mahoney (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), Amanda Nusbaum (Conway, N.H.), Amanda Picozzi (Wyoming, R.I.), Jamie Raccosta (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), Allie Skinner (Mansfield, Mass.), Tori Stollmer (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.), Dani Sweet (Charlton, Mass.) and Mikayla Wysocki (Longmeadow, Mass.).
Of those 17 student-athletes honored, two members of the field hockey program were named ZAG Field Hockey / NFHCA Division III National Scholars of Distinction, which is given to student-athletes with a GPA of 3.90 or higher.Those honorees include: Jill Macdonald and Gabby Guerard. Macdonald has now collected the honor for the third-straight season.
Additionally, five student-athletes have been recognized for four-consecutive years, including Barrasso, Macdonald, Raccosta, Stollmer and Wysocki.