Field Hockey Places 10 on All-Academic Squad

Contact: Ben Badua


AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst field hockey team placed 10 players on the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division III All-Academic squad, which recognizes student-athletes who have achieved at least a 3.30 grade-point average through the first semester of the 2011-12 academic year.

Wesleyan led all NESCAC schools with 15 honorees, followed by Conn. College (14), Middlebury (14), Colby (13), Tufts (12), Williams (12), Amherst (10) and Bowdoin (10). Bates, Hamilton and Trinity each placed eight on the National Academic Squad.

Seniors Carly Dudzik, Stephanie Clegg and Casey Silver headlined the list of Lord Jeff honorees, earning recognition on the All-Academic team for the fourth-straight year. Also representing the Lord Jeffs were Chrissy Cantore ’12, Nomi Conway ’13, Sarah Canning ’14, Claudia Easton ’14, Ellie Andersen ’15, Rachel Tannenbaum ’15 and Camille Youngblood ’15.

On the field, Amherst enjoyed another exceptionally competitive season under head coach Carol Knerr, posting a 15-4 record in arguably the nation’s toughest conference. Advancing to the national quarterfinals, only the 1999 squad finished with a better record (15-3) and advanced further in the NCAA Tournament (finals). Of their four losses, each came by one goal, two came in overtime and three were to teams that advanced to at least the NCAA semifinals.

Dudzik once again played a pivotal role in Amherst’s success earning her third All-America selection, while Tannenbaum came into her own in net, leading the nation in save percentage (.901). Knerr surpassed the 100-win mark and increased her seasonal winning percentage for the sixth-straight year, while the Class of 2012 finished at 49-18.

For more information on the All-Academic teams please visit the NFHCA website.