WORCESTER --- The WPI field hockey team has been honored by ZAG field hockey and the National Field Hockey Coaches Association with Academic Team honors, while eighteen different Engineers have been also named to the Division III National Academic Squad following the 2019 season and five donning the Crimson and Gray earned the prestigious award of 'Scholar of Distinction'.
Junior Emma Bennett (Hampstead, NH) earned Scholar of Distinction honors for the third-straight season and she was joined this year by classmate Abby O'Sullivan (Walpole, MA), while sophomore Natalie Mohn (Huntington, VT) earned her second-straight honor, and freshmen Rachel Drasser (Lunenberg, MA) and Nikki Espeland (Stafford, VA).
The Division III Scholars of Distinction program recognizes student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher through the first semester of the 2019-20 academic year.
As a team, WPI compiled a team GPA of 3.51 during competition in the fall semester to earn the National Academic Team Award for the 16th-straight season.
Overall, seniors Carly Cidado (Easton, MA), Hannah Larochelle (New Boston, NH), Paris Lopez (Smithfield, RI), juniors Bennett, Jackie Cardin (Manchester, NH), Kaitlyn Hess (Milford, NH), O'Sullivan, Julia Vanderstreet (West Bridgewater, MA), sophomores Lauren Dishong (Milford, NH), Angie Ferro (Northboro, MA), Zoe Januszewski (Ventura, CA), Kelly Makechnie (Hampton Falls, NH), Mohn, and freshmen Gabrielle Acquista (Longmeadow, MA), Samantha Braun (Oak Park, IL), Drasser, Espeland, and Holly Mason (Plymouth, NH) all notched a 3.30 or greater GPA while competing last fall.
Larochelle has been a member of the Academic Squad in each of her four seasons as an Engineer while Cidado, Bennett, O'Sullivan and Venderstreet earn their third-straight selections. Dishong, Ferro, and Januszewski round out the list with their second National Academic honor.
The Division III National Academic Squad program honors student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or higher through the first semester of the 2019-20 academic year while the Division III National Academic Team Award recognizes programs that earned a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year.