Jeffs Place Nine on NFHCA All-Academic Squad
Contact: Matthew Hart
AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst College field hockey team placed nine players on the Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad announced this week. The award recognizes student-athletes who have achieved at least a 3.30 grade-point average through the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year.
The Jeffs were also honored once again with the National Academic Team Award as one of nine NESCAC schools with a team GPA of at least 3.00. Wesleyan – which tied for second nationally with a 3.55 team average – led all NESCAC programs with 16 individual honorees, followed by Middlebury (15), Tufts (13), Williams (13), Bates (12), Colby (12), and Bowdoin (11). Trinity matched Amherst with nine players on the squad while Connecticut College and Hamilton each placed eight.
Headlining the list of Amherst’s award recipients is Nomi Conway ’13, who earned a spot on the national academic squad each of her four years in Purple and White. Joining her on the prestigious list are teammates Ellie Anderson ’14, Sarah Canning ’14, Catie Downey ’16, Claudia Easton ’14, Mary Katherine McNeill ’13, Rachel Tannenbaum ’15, Annie Turnbull ’16 and Camille Youngblood ’15.
On the field, Amherst enjoyed another strong season in ever-competitive NESCAC, finishing the 2012 campaign with an 11-5 record and No. 12 national ranking. After a heartbreaking 3-2 overtime loss to No. 1 Middlebury in the conference semifinals, the Jeffs just missed an at-large bid to the 24-team NCAA tournament.
Conway and McNeill will graduate as part of an outstanding group of seniors which combined for a 50-18 record over its four years at Amherst, becoming the winningest class during head coach Carol Knerr’s 12-year tenure.