18 Liberty Field Hockey Players Honored on BIG EAST All-Academic Team
The Liberty field hockey team features 18 student-athletes on the 2018-19 BIG EAST All-Academic team, announced by the conference office on Tuesday.
Liberty’s honorees include eight freshmen, five sophomores, three juniors and two seniors. The Lady Flames have featured 58 BIG EAST All-Academic team members in their three seasons in the conference. Six Liberty players – Mallory Fortenbaugh, Merich Frizzell, Kendra Jones, Lindsay Pratt, Annika Roberts and Allison Schaefer – have made the listing each of the past three years.
In total, 136 student-athletes from the league’s 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 3.26 GPA as a program during the 2018-19 academic year.
In addition to its success in the classroom, Liberty had another outstanding campaign on the field, last fall. The Lady Flames finished second in the BIG EAST regular-season standings and at the BIG EAST Field Hockey Championship for a third straight year. The team ended the season at No. 15 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI and No. 16 in the final national poll.
Overall, 2,938 BIG EAST student-athletes across 22 sports earned all-academic team honors, the highest total in the six years since realignment.
Lady Flames on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team
Darby Brennan (Fr.)
Ashley Dykema (So.)
Mallory Fortenbaugh* (Jr.)
Merich Frizzell* (R-So.)
Lizzie Hamlett (Fr.)
Maddie Hosler (Fr.)
Kendra Jones* (R-So.)
Abby Julius (Sr.)
Alivia Klopp (Fr.)
Kennedy Luke (R-Fr.)
Sophie McDonald (Fr.)
Victoria O’Keeffe (So.)
Alexis Paone (So.)
Lindsay Pratt* (Sr.)
Annika Roberts* (Jr.)
Allison Schaefer* (Jr.)
Kira Short (Fr.)
Charlotte Vaanhold (Fr.)
*Honored on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team each of the last three years