GILBERT, Ariz. -- The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) has announced the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Awards and Division III National Academic Squad for the 2018 season. For the ninth consecutive year, Wellesley College field hockey has earned Academic Team honors. In addition, nine members of the team have been recognized as members of the National Academic Squad, the most for the program since the Blue also earned nine spots on the squad during the 2013 season.
The National Academic Team Award recognizes programs that earned a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year. The Division III National Academic Squad program honors student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or higher through the first semester of the 2018-19 academic year. This year, 131 programs were named National Academic Teams, while 1,746 student-athletes from 147 Division III institutions earned recognition on the National Academic Squad. The nine Wellesley student-athletes named to the National Academic Squad were:
- Sophia Albanese '21 (Hamilton, N.J.)
- Haley Chrobock '19 (Branchville, N.J.)
- Clare Doyle '20 (Louisville, Ky.)
- Julia Ellman '21 (Guilford, Conn.)
- Paige Hauke '19 (Colchester, Vt.)
- Kristine Meader '21 (Ypsilanti, Mich.)
- Arielle Mitropoulos '19 (Cambridge, Mass.)
- Janelle Sullivan '21 (Philadelphia, Pa.)
- Kerry Wells '20 (Portland, Maine)
For Chrobock, Hauke, and Mitropoulos the honor is the third of their respective careers. Doyle and Wells have now earned recognition in back-to-back seasons, while Albanese, Ellman, Meader, and Sullivan were each recognized for the first time.
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a non-profit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs. For more, visit www.nfhca.org.