Liberty featured 21 student-athletes on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
2019-20 BIG EAST All-Academic Team (Liberty on pg. 60) BIG EAST Release
The Liberty Lady Flames field hockey team placed 21 student-athletes on the 2019-20 BIG EAST All-Academic Team, the league office announced on Monday afternoon.
Liberty's honorees include five freshmen, six sophomores, five juniors and six seniors. The Lady Flames have featured 79 BIG EAST All-Academic team members in their four years in the conference. Five Liberty players – Mallory Fortenbaugh, Merich Frizzell, Kendra Jones, Annika Roberts and Allison Schaefer – have made the listing each of the past four seasons.
In total, 169 student-athletes from the league's eight field hockey squads were represented on the all-academic team.
To be eligible for this honor, nominees must have competed in a BIG EAST-sponsored sport, attained a minimum grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 for the preceding school year and completed a minimum of two consecutive semesters or three consecutive quarters of academic work, with a total of 18 semester or 27 quarter credits.
The Lady Flames achieved a 3.31 GPA as a program during the 2019-20 school year.
In addition to its success in the classroom, Liberty had another outstanding campaign on the field, last fall. The Lady Flames finished 10-8 overall and 5-2 in BIG EAST competition. The team ended the season at No. 16 in the final national poll and No. 20 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI.
In its first four seasons in the conference, Liberty has finished runner-up at the BIG EAST Field Championship three times and holds a 21-7 record in regular season league games.
Overall, 2,768 BIG EAST student-athletes across 22 sports earned all-academic team honors.
Lady Flames on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team Sydney Baffone (Sr.) Jill Bolton (Jr.) Darby Brennan (So.) Nicole Buckley (Fr.) Ashley Dykema (Jr.) Bethany Dykema (Fr.) Mallory Fortenbaugh* (Sr.) Merich Frizzell* (Sr.) Bridget Gallagher (Fr.) Maddie Hosler (So.) Kendra Jones* (R-Jr.) Kennedy Luke (R-So.) Sophie McDonald (So.) Santia McLaughlin (Fr.) Victoria O'Keeffe (Jr.) Alexis Paone (Jr.) Annika Roberts* (Sr.) Allison Schaefer* (Sr.) Kira Short (So.) Mackinzie Thompson (Fr.) Charlotte Vaanhold (So.) *Honored on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team each of the last four years