FAIRFIELD, CT (March 5, 2013) - The Sacred Heart field hockey team finished with the second highest grade point average in the nation and were named a 2012 Gladiator by SGI / National Field Hockey Coaches Association Academic Team Award winner.
"Academics are of the utmost importance to our program," stated SHU head coach Katie Kloeckener. "I am very proud of our student-athletes for committing to their academics, as all of their hard work certainly has paid off."
The Pioneers posted a team grade point average of 3.55 to finish second in NFHCA Top-Five Performer list. SHU finished second behind Central Michigan University (3.61). Rounding out the top-five was Duke (3.52) and Hofstra (3.52) in third, and Rutgers (3.49), Saint Francis U (3.49) and Temple (3.49) in fifth. The NFHCA honors teams with a 3.0 gpa or higher with their annual Academic Team Awards.
In addition, 13 Pioneers were recognized as part of the 2012 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Squad. The NFHCA recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year.
Seniors Lindsay Kasten (Fair Haven, NJ) and Kim Pobutkiewicz (West Long Branch, NJ) lead the list of Pioneers on this year's squad, having earned the honor all four years at Sacred Heart. They are joined by fellow seniors Leah Salindong (Spring City, PA), Karly Duven (Freehold, NJ), Nikki Kimborowicz (Biddeford, ME), Maddie Hoeppner (Shelburne Falls, MA) and Leah Salindong (Spring City, PA).
Junior Stephanie Frye (Walpole, MA), sophomore Sarah Bergman (Blandon, PA) and freshmen Mary Altepeter (Chesterfield, MO), Liz Bergman (Blandon, PA), Rachel Claroni (Hershey, PA), Nichole Dobachesky (Medway, MA) and Christine Mace (Norwalk, CT) round out this year's honorees.
Liz Bergman was also honored as a 2012 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction. The outstanding student-athletes recognized as Scholars of Distinction have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year.