ACC Places 40 on NFHCA National Academic Squad

March 26, 2010

GREENSBORO, N.C. - The National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced today its National Academic Squad, with 40 of the 692 selected student-athletes representing the Atlantic Coast Conference and its six field hockey squads. Student-athletes must have achieved a minimum 3.30 grade-point-average during the fall semester to be named to the National Academic Squad.

Leading all honorees were Boston College senior goalkeeper Kristine Stigas and Virginia senior defender Laura Elstein, both of whom are receiving the distinction for the fourth time. Elstein was also honored for her academic achievement during the Fall semester by the NCAA when it named her to the "Elite 88," a group of 88 student-athletes across Divisions I, II, and III who hold the highest GPA among all participants in each sport's national semifinals.

Among ACC teams, Duke led the league with 13 honorees, and was followed by 2009 NCAA runner-up Maryland with eight selections. Boston College, Virginia, and Wake Forest each had five picks, while 2009 NCAA champion North Carolina had four.

Seven of the ACC's 40 selections were named 2009 All-Americas by the NFHCA.

All ACC field hockey information can be found at theACC.com.

ACC Student-Athletes on NFHCA National Academic Squad
Name Yr. Pos. School
Janna Anctil Jr. MF/F Boston College
Chelsey Feole Sr. F Boston College
Jennifer Raftery Sr. D Boston College
Alexandra Ratering Arntz Jr D Boston College
Kristine Stigas * Sr. GK Boston College
Chelsey Amsley Fr. MF Duke
Megan Deakins So. MF Duke
Stefanie Fee So. D Duke
Susan Ferger Jr. F Duke
Devon Gagliardi Jr. MF Duke
Abby Hassinger Fr. D Duke
Tara Jennings So. MF Duke
Molly Johnson Fr. D Duke
Rhian Jones So. MF/D Duke
Jordan Miller So. F Duke
Lauren Miller Sr. D Duke
Sarah Schoffstall Jr. MF Duke
Amie Survilla Sr. F Duke
Meghan Dean Jr. F/MF Maryland
Alicia Grater Sr. GK Maryland
Colleen Gulick Fr. D Maryland
Amanda Himmelheber Jr. D Maryland
Danielle Kauffman Fr. MF Maryland
Alicia Morawski Jr. D Maryland
Janessa Pope Fr. F Maryland
Emma Thomas Sr. D Maryland
Casey Burns Jr. D North Carolina
Elizabeth Drazdowski Jr. MF/F North Carolina
Meghan Lyons Fr. F North Carolina
Louise McNutt So. MF/F North Carolina
Lauren Elstein Sr. D Virginia
Rachel Jennings So. MF/D Virginia
Charlotte van den Broek Fr. D Virginia
Floor Vogels So. D Virginia
Phoebe Willis Fr. D Virginia
Faith Adams So. MF/F Wake Forest
Cristen Atchison So. MF/D Wake Forest
Aileen Davis Sr. MF/D Wake Forest
Elizabeth Rae Fr. MF Wake Forest
Regina Shannon Sr. MF Wake Forest
* denotes four-time honoree