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Liberty Field Hockey Recognized in NFHCA Academic Awards

March 10, 2020  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Liberty featured 18 players on the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.

Liberty featured 18 players on the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.

2019 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award
2019 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad

The Liberty field hockey team has been honored in the Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Awards.

The Lady Flames received the 2019 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award for having a team grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester of the 2019-20 academic year. Liberty, which posted a 3.16 GPA as a team, was one of 73 Division I programs to earn the recognition. The Lady Flames have received the honor in all nine years of the program's existence.

In addition, 18 Liberty field hockey student-athletes were included on the Division I National Academic Squad for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.30 of higher through the first semester of the 2019-20 school year (see below). Seniors Mallory Fortenbaugh, Merich Frizzell, Annika Roberts and Allison Schaefer, as well as redshirt junior Kendra Jones, have all made the listing in four straight years.

This year, 1,052 student-athletes from 75 Division I institutions earned recognition on the 2019 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.

The NFHCA will announce its Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Scholars of Distinction on March 23 and the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Scholar-Athlete on March 31.

Lady Flames on the 2019 Division I National Academic Squad
(* - designates four-year award recipient)
Darby Brennan
Nicole Buckley
Ashley Dykema
Bethany Dykema
Mallory Fortenbaugh*
Merich Frizzell*
Bridget Gallagher
Maddie Hosler
Kendra Jones*
Kennedy Luke
Sophie McDonald
Santia McLaughlin
Victoria O'Keeffe
Alexis Paone
Annika Roberts*
Allison Schaefer*
Kira Short
Mackinzie Thompson