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ODU Field Hockey Team Wins National Academic Award

The Old Dominion University field hockey team was named a 2007 ZAG/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Team Award winner after compiling a 3.68 cumulative grade point average as a squad, the highest GPA among all Division I field hockey programs. Additionally, 18 members of the Lady Monarch team were named to the 2007 ZAG/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad, also the most of any Division I field hockey program.

The 18 members are: seniors Samantha McLenegan (Middletown, Pa.) and Jo Ann van Aswegen (Bloemfontein, South Africa); juniors Kelly Driscoll (West Chester, Pa.) and Katelyn Smither (Suffolk, Va.); sophomores Titia Beek (Heiloo, Holland), Alyschia Conn (Peach Bottom, Pa.), Courtney Seiders, (Mount Joy, Pa.), Kathleen Shea (Elizaville, N.Y.), Katie Ueberroth (Stevens, Pa.) and Hanna Warren (Green Lane, Pa.); freshmen Amanda Bieber (Elizabethtown, Pa.), Paige Clutter (Chambersburg, Pa.), Arianne Evans (Lewisberry, Pa.), Loran Hatch (Green Lane, Pa.), Stephanie Kratzer (Lititz, Pa.) and Samantha Richardson (Surrey, British Columbia); and former Lady Monarch Caroline Nichols (Virginia Beach, Va.), who will be wrapping up her degree this year. It is the most Lady Monarchs named to an NFHCA All-Academic team in school history.

Five Lady Monarchs are making their second appearance on the all-academic team: Van Aswegen, a speech/language pathology major; Conn, a chemistry major; Beek, an international business major; Seiders, a speech pathology and audiology major; and Smither, a health and physical education major.

Beek, Driscoll, Smith and van Aswegen were also standouts on the field, as well as the classroom, earning First Team All-CAA honors. Bieber and Hatch, who were named to their first NFHCA All-Academic Team in their first season with the Lady Monarchs, also earned post-season honors. Both were named to the CAA's All-Rookie team, with Hatch earning CAA Rookie of the Year honors.

Top 5 Performers in Team GPA

1. Old Dominion University 3.68

2. American University 3.51

Tie Indiana University 3.51

4. University of Maine 3.50

5. Monmouth University 3.49

This article was posted on: March 17, 2008

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