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Pacific Field Hockey Earns National Academic Honors

Apr 2, 2010
For its fifth straight year, the Pacific field hockey team has earned the National Academic Team Award from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA), the league announced earlier this week. Five athletes also received individual recognition for outstanding academic achievement. As a team, the Tigers were one of 53 division I programs to earn a collective GPA of 3.0 or higher.

 

Being successful in the classroom is one of our goals, said Head Coach Linda MacDonald. Im proud of the team.

 

Headlining the group of athletes recognized was senior Kim Keyawa (Chico, Calif.). The 2009 leading scorer has been named to the division I national academic squad all four years of her career.

 

Joining Keyawa for a second straight year is fellow senior Brianna Cummins (Fallbrook, Calif.). A team leader on and off the field, Cummins was the team outstanding defensive player in 2008 and captain in 2009. Sophomore Doreen Stern (San Jose, Calif.) also earned national honors for the second year in a row.

 

Starting their academic careers off on a high note were freshmen Stephanie Douglass (Saratoga, Calif.) and Jenna Vivian (Gilroy, Calif.). The pair, as well as the other squad members, joined the elite group of scholar-athletes who achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2009-10 academic year, according to the NFHCA.

 

Out of a pool of 78 schools, all eight programs in the NorPac had individuals recognized on the national academic squad. Pacific was one of six NorPac teams to earn the national academic team award.