19 Field Hockey Student-Athletes Achieve BIG EAST All-Academic Team Status
The Liberty field hockey team saw 19 student-athletes named to the 2021-22 BIG EAST All-Academic Team, it was announced this morning.
Liberty’s honorees include seven seniors, five juniors, four sophomores and three freshmen. The Lady Flames have featured 120 BIG EAST All-Academic Team members in six years in the conference.
Kendra Jones is the program’s first six-time honoree, while Ashley Dykema-Pereira and Alexis Paone are both being recognized for the fifth year in a row. Meanwhile, Maddie Hosler and Charlotte Vaanhold have made the listing each of the past four years.
In total, 157 student-athletes from the league’s field hockey squads were represented on the BIG EAST 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 of 27 quarter credits.
Liberty achieved a 3.38 team GPA during the 2021-22 school year and currently holds a 3.45 cumulative GPA.
The Lady Flames’ success in the classroom coincided with its success on the field hockey pitch. Liberty won its first-ever BIG EAST title in the fall and went on a historic run in advancing all the way to the title game of the NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship. The Lady Flames were unbeaten in BIG EAST regular season (7-0) and postseason play (2-0) and finished the year with a 20-3 overall record. Liberty’s appearance in the national championship game was the first in any sport in school history.
In its first six seasons in the BIG EAST, Liberty has one championship and holds a 38-9 record in regular season league games.
Overall, 2,889 BIG EAST student-athletes earned all-academic team honors.
Lady Flames on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team
Jill Bolton (Sr.)
Martu Cian (Fr.)
Jodie Conolly (Jr.)
Ashley Dykema-Pereira (Sr.)^
Bethany Dykema (Jr.)
Emily Dykema (So.)
Bridget Gallagher (Jr.)
Lizzie Hamlett (Sr.)
Maddie Hosler (Sr.)*
Lexi Hosler (So.)
Kendra Jones (R-Sr.)+
Ellie Livingston (Fr.)
Alexis Paone (Sr.)^
Daniella Rhodes (Jr.)
Mackinzie Thompson (Jr.)
Reagan Underwood (So.)
Charlotte Vaanhold (Sr.)*
Maddie Vicars (So.)
Gracie Wilkerson (Fr.)
*Honored on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team each of the last four years
^Honored on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team each of the last five years
+Honored on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team each of the last six years