Schaefer (left) and Short (right) were both honored as NFHCA Scholars of Distinction.
2019 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction
Allison Schaefer and Kira Short of the Liberty field hockey team were recognized as 2019 Zag Field/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Scholars of Distinction, Monday.
Each student-athlete received the honor for achieving a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.90 or higher through first semester of the 2019-20 school year. They are two of 167 Division I field hockey players in the nation to garner the distinction.
Schaefer, who is a four-time NFHCA National Academic Squad member, is being honored as a NFHCA Scholar of Distinction for the first time. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in exercise science in May 2019 and is currently pursuing a master's degree in human performance – strength & conditioning, which she expects to complete in May 2021.
Schaefer, a goalkeeper, wrapped up her Liberty career last fall as the program's all-time leader in wins (39), shutouts (16) and saves (354). The Millersville, Pa., native started all 74 games in goal for the Lady Flames during her career. As a senior in 2019, Schaefer posted a 10-8 record with a 1.42 goals-against average (No. 20 in nation) and seven shutouts for a Liberty squad which finished sixth in the country in shutouts per game (0.39).
Short is now a two-time NFHCA Scholar of Distinction after also receiving the award last spring. A defender from Georgetown, Del., she is one of eight players in program history to earn multiple scholar of distinction honors. Short is pursuing a bachelor's degree in exercise science – fitness specialist. She has also made the NFHCA National Academic Squad twice.
The Lady Flames field hockey squad has featured two or more NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction in each of the last eight seasons and 28 total honors in the nine years of the program's existence.
The NFHCA will announce its final award, the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Scholar-Athlete, on March 31.