Panthers honored for success in the classroom
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – For the fifth straight year the Plymouth State University field hockey team was among those honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) with the Zag Field Hockey/NHFCA Division III National Academic Team Award.
Established in 2003, the Division III National Academic Team Award recognized programs that earned a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester. It marks the ninth time since the award's inception that Plymouth State was among those teams honored, with eight of those coming over the last ten years.
Plymouth State was one of nine Little East Conference (LEC) schools to earn the honor, joined by Bridgewater State, Castleton, Eastern Connecticut State, Keene State, Salem State, Southern Maine, WestConn and Westfield State. Both PSU and ECSU have accomplished the feat for five consecutive years, the longest active streak in the conference.
Led by 19-year head coach Bonnie Lord, the Panthers finished the season with a 5-11 mark, while going 5-7 in Little East play. PSU finished tied for eighth in the league standings, but missed out on the postseason for just the second time under Lord's guidance after losing the tiebreaker for the final playoff spot.
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