Program-Record 17 Spartans Named to National Academic Squad, Three are Scholars of Distinction

Program-Record 17 Spartans Named to National Academic Squad, Three are Scholars of Distinction

YORK, Pa. – The York College field hockey program was honored for its success in the classroom on Monday as the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced its team and individual academic award selections.

Seventeen Spartans, the most in program history, earned recognition as members of the NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad, only eligible to student-athletes who maintained a 3.30 cumulative GPA through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic school year. Furthermore, the team as a whole, was mentioned as one of 124 recipients of the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Award, given to institutions that achieved a combined GPA of at least 3.0.
Additionally, three Spartans earned top individual accolades when they were named Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction, honoring student-athletes with a 3.90 GPA or greater through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year. Sophomore Naomi George received the distinction for the second time, while freshmen Sam Keating and Greta Plappert were first-time selections. They were three of just 208 student-athletes nationally that were recognized for their achievements.

Here is the list of the 17 Spartan student-athletes selected to the National Academic Squad:

Freshman Abby Batchelder (Middleburg, Pa./Selinsgrove)

Freshman Amanda Boclair (Malvern, Pa./Great Valley)

Junior Shania Gelvin (Hustontown, Pa./Forbes Road)

Sophomore Naomi George (Carlisle, Pa./Big Spring)

Freshman Kendall Hamlin (West River, Md./Southern High School)

Sophomore Eve Hauptle (Alexandria, Va./West Potomac)

Freshman Meghan Heary (Chester Springs, Pa./Bishop Shanahan)

Freshman Sam Keating (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck)

Junior Kenidy Kubitz (Boyertown, Pa./Oley Valley)

Senior Sydney LaMarsh (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake)

Junior Autumn Mallory (Leonardtown, Md./Leonardtown)

Sophomore Lindsay Nye (Duncannon, Pa./Susquenita)

Junior Beth Patrick (Pitman, N.J./Pitman)

Freshman Greta Plappert (York, Pa./Central York)

Sophomore Kate Swope (Shamong, N.J./Seneca)

Senior Alexa Taylor (York, Pa./Red Lion)

Sophomore Paige Taylor (York, Pa./Red Lion)

Gelvin, Kubitz, LaMarsh, Mallory, Patrick and Alexa Taylor are now three-time selections while George, Hauptle, Swope and Paige Taylor are making their second appearance on the National Academic Squad.

The 17 mentions are the most in program history, and the initial group under first-year head coach Kaitlyn Hamilton. York has received team and individual recognition every season since the 2006 season when the squad ranked first in the nation among Division III teams with a collective team GPA of 3.65.

York College was one of six Capital Athletic Conference teams to place at least one player on the NFHCA National Academic Squad. Here is a breakdown of the CAC schools and their individual selections: Salisbury – 20, York – 17, Frostburg State – 10, St. Mary's – 7, Wesley – 7, Mary Washington – 6, Christopher Newport – 5. Christopher Newport, St. Mary's, Salisbury, Wesley and York all earned team awards as well.

York finished 13-6 this season and reached the CAC Tournament semifinals. Other postseason accolades consist of five All-CAC selections, including three on the first team, and three on the NFHCA All-South Region team.

Here is the history of York's NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Squad selections:

14 – 2015

11 – 2014

5 – 2013

12 – 2012

12 – 2011

7 – 2010

9 – 2009

12 – 2008

15 – 2007

15 – 2006