CHANDLER, Ariz. – A total of seven student-athletes on the 2011 University of New Hampshire field hockey team were named to the 2011 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad, the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Monday.
The NFHCA also announced that UNH was one of 65 teams to receive the 2011 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award. This award recognizes those institutions that achieve a minimum grade-point-average of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2011-12 academic year. New Hampshire was also feted in 2010.
Senior goalkeeper Katherine Nagengast (Westborough, Mass.) was named to the National Academic Squad for the fourth consecutive year while junior midfielder Emma Erler (New Hampton, N.H.) was honored for the third time in as many years. Senior back Kendall Deck (Bridgewater, N.J.) and redshirt freshman midfielder Meg Williamson (Cos Cob, Conn. received this distinction for the second consecutive year.
Nagengast and Erler were also named to the 2011 America East Field Hockey All-Academic Team. Nagengast's other accolades included America East All-Conference Second Team and All-Championship Team. Deck was a Second Team selection for the third consecutive year.
The Wildcats also had three freshmen as first-time honorees on the National Academic Squad – back Christine Albertelli (Ballwin, Mo.), midfielder Kellie Joyce (South Pomfret, Vt.) and goalkeeper Carlie Tarbell (Wakefield, Mass.). Joyce was a unanimous selection to the 2011 America East All-Rookie Team.
The 2011 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2011-12 academic year.
UNH (17-5) won the America East regular-season and tournament titles en route to advancing to the NCAA Championship for the first time since the 2000 season. The Wildcats were ranked in the top 10 in seven of nine regular-season polls and peaked at No. 7 in the nation.