March 5, 2013

Field Hockey Receives Academic Accolades From NFHCA

EMMA ERLER

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The University of New Hampshire field hockey team received a 2012 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award and nine Wildcats were named to the 2012 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad. 

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced the team award Monday and the individual honors Tuesday. It is the third consecutive year UNH has been bestowed the team award, which is presented to programs with a team grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.

The National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year. 

Senior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) is a four-year recipient of the award while classmate Claire Grogan (Canton, Mass.) was also honored in 2009 and 2010.

Sophomores Christine Albertelli (Ballwin, Mo.) and Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.) were both feted for the second consecutive year while junior back Megan Bozek (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) is also a second time honoree; she earned the accolade in 2010. 

A quartet of UNH freshmen – Meg Carroll (Mansfield, Mass.), Lexy Cole (Belgrade, Maine), Lauren Gardner (Allentown, Pa.) and Chandler Giese (Trappe, Pa.) – complete the list of nine Wildcats named to the 2012 National Academic Squad.

UNH, led by 22nd-year head coach Robin Balducci, won its third consecutive America East regular-season title and advanced to the conference championship game for the third time in as many years in 2012. The Wildcats finished the year ranked No. 20 in the national poll with a 12-8 overall record that included 5-0 in America East.

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