NEWPORT, R.I. – The Salve Regina University field hockey team has been announced as a recipient of the 2011 Gladiator by SGI/Division III National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Academic Team Award, while seven Seahawk players were named to the 2011 NFHCA Academic Squad, including sophomore Alexa Bracco (Happauge, N.Y.), senior Samantha Dalton (Falmouth, Mass.), freshman Erin Demers (Concord, N.H.), freshman Jaclene Fleming (Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.), junior Emma St. Laurent (Seekonk, Mass.), sophomore Jessica Whittier (Scituate, Mass.), and junior Regina Wrenn (Cheshire, Conn.). This marks the fourth consecutive year that the Salve Regina field hockey team has earned this honor.
"I am pleased to see seven of our players recognized this year for their academic success and effort in the classroom," said Salve Regina head coach Jennifer Foster. "The team academic award is a great accomplishment for our program and an award all 25 student-athletes were a part of. We stress every season that our players are students first, and we expect success in the classroom and on the field. To receive this recognition from the NFHCA proves that our players know how to balance both their academic and athletic commitments all season long."
In order to be eligible for the individual honors, student-athletes are required to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2011-12 academic year.
To be recognized for the academic team award, field hockey clubs must compile a combined GPA of at least 3.00 or better during the first semester of the 2001-12 academic year.
The Seahawks were among 113 Division III schools to receive the honor, joining Endicott, Western New England, and the University of New England as the four schools representing the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC).