Panthers recognized in the classroom for fourth straight year
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced the recipients of the 2017 Zag Field Hockey / NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Awards, and Plymouth State University was one of the 131 programs to earn the honor.
The Division III National Academic Team Award recognizes those programs that earned a team GPA of a 3.0 or higher during the fall semester of the 2017-18 academic year. This marks the fourth straight year the Panthers have earned the distinction.
"We stress, beginning with the recruiting process, that one of our team goals is to be recognized as an Academic All-American squad," said 18-year head coach Bonnie Lord. "It takes everyone to reach this goal and this makes four years in a row that we have been recognized. I am proud of our accomplishments in the classroom and on the field!"
Plymouth was one of six Little East Conference (LEC) schools to earn the recognition, along with Worcester State University, Keene State College, Eastern Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University and Fitchburg State University. PSU and ECSU have both been honored four consecutive years, the longest active streaks in the LEC.
The Panthers ended the season with a 12-6 mark, finishing 8-3 in conference play to earn the #3 seed for the LEC Tournament. Plymouth topped #6 UMass Dartmouth, 4-2, in a first round game to advance to the semifinal round, where it suffered a 5-3 loss to #2 Keene State in a classic battle between the long-time rivals.
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