March 30, 2010

Field Hockey Earns National Academic Accolades

YORK, PA – The York College field hockey squad has been honored again for their academic prowess as the Spartans earned 2009 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Collegiate Academic Team Award accolades as recently announced by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.

The Spartans were one of three Capital Athletic Conference schools to earn the team award, which recognizes team with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. The Spartans own a team GPA of 3.09.

The Spartans are no strangers to academic success as they have now earned national recognition in the last four years including being the nation’s highest ranked academic team in 2006. The Spartans also finished in the top five in 2007 as they placed third in the nation for team GPA.

Spartan head coach Jamie Swartz is happy with the academic success of her program.

“We emphasize being complete student-athletes,” states Swartz. “Our players did a great job on the field this year and their performance in the classroom makes me very proud of our team and program. It is a pleasure to coach and mentor such great young women.”

Nine Spartans garnered 2009 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Squad honors as they accumulated a GPA of 3.30 or greater for the first semester of the 2009-10 season.

Seniors Veronica Eltz (Hanover, Pa./Delone Catholic) and Megan Spangler (Myerstown, Pa./Eastern Lebanon County) led the Spartan squad academically as the two Spartan captains headlined the York contingency on the team.  They were joined by leading scorer Katie Dawkins (Easton, Md./Easton), junior Casey Lawrence (Abbottstown, Pa./Delone Catholic), junior Becky Reeves (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford), junior Kelly Kreamer (Ambler, Pa./Wissahickon), sophomore Brittany Simmons (Leola, Pa./Conestoga Valley), freshman Danielle Gaitings (Massapequea, N.Y./Massapequa), and freshman Lydia Pirie (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven).

The Spartans had a fantastic 2009 season as they accumulated 14 wins, just one victory short of tying the school record for single-season victories. York went 4-2 in the CAC and advanced to the CAC semifinals where they fell by a single goal at Mary Washington.

The Spartans return four of their top five scorers in 2010 as Swartz and her team look to continue their steady climb in the CAC.