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FIELD HOCKEY NAMES SEVEN PLAYERS TO NFHCA NATIONAL ACADEMIC SQUAD
The UMBC Field Hockey team named seven student-athletes to the 2004 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Squad, which requires a minimum grade point average of 3.3. Included in the list from the Retriever team were juniors Tiffany Deinzer and Amanda Heinz, freshman Natalie Hopkins, sophomore Rebekah Krolus, senior Jennifer Rowe, freshman Jessica Smith, and sophomore Kristi Troster.
In addition, the entire UMBC squad received the National Academic Team Award (min. GPA 3.0), as the Retrievers had a fall semester team average of 3.23, with seven players earning 3.5 or higher.
“Even though I set the standards for the team's academic goals, and Academic Services for gives the student-athletes the support to succeed, I know that it is the players themselves who monitor their progress, and push their fellow student-athletes to succeed in the classroom,” said Head Coach Kristy Hartman. “Because of this, I am very proud of their accomplishments.”
The recognition makes it a four-year sweep for Rowe, who made it to the prestigious list in each of her seasons at UMBC. This is the third time that Deinzer and Heinz are receiving the award, while repeating for a second time are Krolus and Troster.
Overall, this was the field hockey team’s best academic semester since returning to Division I play in 2000.