Field Hockey Features 22 on BIG EAST All-Academic Team
The Liberty field hockey program featured 22 student-athletes on the 2020-21 BIG EAST All-Academic Team. The team was released by the conference office on Tuesday afternoon.
Liberty's honorees include six freshmen, six sophomores, four juniors and six seniors. The Lady Flames have now eclipsed the century mark with 101 BIG EAST All-Academic team members in five years in the conference.
Three Liberty players – Ashley Dykema, Kennedy Luke and Alexis Paone – have made the list each of the past four years. Meanwhile, Kendra Jones is now a five-time honoree.
In total, 162 student-athletes from the league's field hockey teams 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 of 27 quarter credits.
The Lady Flames achieved a 3.53 GPA during the 2020-21 academic year and currently hold a 3.46 cumulative GPA as a team.
On top of its success in the classroom, Liberty had another strong year on the field in what was the program's first-ever spring season in 2021. The Lady Flames finished 13-3 overall and 10-2 in BIG EAST games. The team received a program-best No. 4 national ranking on March 23, the highest mark of any Liberty sport at the Division I level. Liberty ended the year at No. 3 in the NCAA Field Hockey RPI and No. 8 in the final national poll.
In its first five seasons in the BIG EAST, Liberty has finished runner-up at the BIG EAST Championship three times and holds a 31-9 record in regular season league contests.
Overall, 3,075 BIG EAST student-athletes earned all-academic team honors.
Lady Flames on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team
Jill Bolton (Sr.)
Darby Brennan (Jr.)
Reese Canaday (So.)
Jodie Conolly (So.)
Julie Daels (Fr.)
Ashley Dykema (Sr.)*
Bethany Dykema (So.)
Emily Dykema (Fr.)
Bridget Gallagher (So.)
Carolyn Haase (Sr.)
Lizzie Hamlett (Jr.)
Lexi Hosler (Fr.)
Maddie Hosler (Jr.)
Kendra Jones (R-Sr.)^
Kennedy Luke (Sr.)*
Santia McLaughlin (R-Fr.)
Alexis Paone (Sr.)*
Daniella Rhodes (So.)
Mackinzie Thompson (So.)
Reagan Underwood (Fr.)
Charlotte Vaanhold (Jr.)
Maddie Vicars (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
Congrats to our 2??2?? @BIGEAST All-Academic Team honorees!??????
— Liberty Field Hockey (@LibertyFH) July 21, 2021