Field Hockey Boasts Third Highest GPA in Division III, Garners Team & Individual ZAG/NFHCA All-Academic Awards

Field Hockey Boasts Third Highest GPA in Division III, Garners Team & Individual ZAG/NFHCA All-Academic Awards

National Academic Team Award Release
National Academic Squad Release
National Scholars of Distinction Release 

GILBERT, Ariz. – The Amherst College field hockey team and 22 individual student-athletes garnered ZAG Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) honors, as recently announced by the organization.

No stranger to academic excellence, this is the second consecutive year the Mammoths have had a top-five GPA in the nation, with Amherst's 3.65 GPA representing the third best team grade point average out of the 131 schools that met the threshold. In 2018, the Mammoths ranked fifth in the country with a 3.64 combined GPA. In order to qualify as a ZAG/NFHCA National Academic Team, squads must have achieved a combined cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better during the fall semester of the 2018-19 academic year. The top-five performers included Swarthmore College (3.76), Williams College (3.69), Amherst College (3.65), Haverford College (3.64) and Springfield College (3.63).

Individually, an impressive 22 of the team's 24 members in 2018 earned individual recognition for their work in the classroom, with seniors Megan Shea, Emery Sorvino, Debbie Newmark, Kendall Codey and Katie Savage, juniors Heather Brennan, Laura Schwartzman, Olivia Henkoff, Yasmeen Saeed, Elizabeth Sturley and Emilie Flamme, sophomores Courtney Lowe, Franny Daniels, Caroline Donahue, Anna Agathis, Grace Johnson, Bella Edo and Kiera Alventosa, and first-years Sage Geyer, Natalie Hobbs, Sophia Kaplan and Beth Williamson each landing on the National Academic Squad. Amherst's 22 selections tied for second in all of Division III.

Shea, Sorvino and Newmark were three of just 189 student-athletes to have earned National Academic Squad recognition in all four years of their collegiate career.

To earn the individual accolade, student-athletes must have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher during the first semester of the 2018-19 academic year. This year, 1,746 student-athletes from 147 Division III institutions earned recognition on the National Academic Squad.

In addition, Debbie Newmark '19, Heather Brennan '20, Anna Agathis '21 and Franny Daniels '21 were also named Division III Scholars of Distinction for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher. In total, just 242 student-athletes nationwide, including 15 NESCAC honorees, garnered the accolade. Amherst's four selections were best in the NESCAC, followed by Wesleyan with three nods. The selection marks Newmark's astounding fourth consecutive year earning the award and Brennan's third.