Field Hockey Bears Pick up NFHCA Academic Laurels


March 24, 2014

CHANDLER, Ariz. – A slew of Missouri State field hockey student-athletes picked up academic accolades from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association of America, the organization announced Monday (March 24).

Sophomores Kimberleigh Eng, Jessi Pope and Holly Scherer earned spots on the 2013 Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Collegiate Scholars of Distinction list, an award given to student-athletes who achieved cumulative GPAs of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Pope (D, Stafford, Va.) earned a spot on the list for the second time in as many years, while Eng (M/D, Woodbridge, Va.) and Scherer (F, Belmont, Ontario) earned the honor for the first time in their careers.

In addition, the Bears placed 15 student-athletes on the organization’s Division I National Academic Squad, which recognizes student-athletes who achieved cumulative GPAs of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2013-2014 academic year.

Among the Bears on the squad are senior goalkeeper Katie Mulloy (Antioch, Ill.), senior forward Catrina Schmidt (St. Louis, Mo.) and senior midfielder Laura Tavares (Oakville, Ontario). This is the third selection to the National Academic Squad for each player.

Eight Bears sophomores made the squad. That list includes Patrice Ahl (M, St. Albert, Alberta, Canada), Eng, Jackie Eskue (D, Fallbrook, Calif.), Dominique Leyva (M/F, San Diego, Calif.), Pope, Charlie Redhead (M, Norfolk, England) and Sydney Richelieu (M, Fallbrook, Calif.) and Scherer. This is the second NFHCA National Academic Squad appearance for Ahl, Eskue, Pope, Redhead and Scherer, and the first for Leyva and Richelieu.

Redshirt freshman forward Brynne Satre (Davis, Calif.) also earned a spot on the squad for the second year in a row, while freshmen Megan Drew (GK, San Diego, Calif.), Ciara Saunders (M/F, Severna Park, Md.) and Kayleigh Schmitz (M, Eindhoven, The Netherlands) earned spots on the team in their first seasons.

Earlier this month, the Bears were honored as a NFHCA Academic Team after posting a team GPA of 3.51 during the fall semester.



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