(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson field hockey team was well represented, placing 16 student-athletes on the 2018 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Squad while five players were named Scholars of Distinction for their academic achievement. The Red Devils also received the National Academic Team Award for programs that produces a combined grade-point-average of 3.0 or higher.
Senior Taylor Bednar (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus) was named a Scholar of Distinction for the third time, earning the honor in 2015 and 2017 while juniors Alana Platukus (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Pittston Area) and Olivia Young (Orrtanna, Pa./Gettysburg) were named Scholars of Distinction for the third straight season.
Sophomore standout Marie Laverdiere (Springfield, Pa./West Springfield) makes a repeat appearance from the 2017 squad while first-year Hannah Grothusen (Glenside, Pa./Springfield Township) was also named a Scholar of Distinction.
In order to be a Scholar of Distinction, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative grade-point-average of 3.90 or higher. All five were named to the National Academic Squad, joining 11 teammates who had a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the fall semester of 2018.
2018 Zag Field Hockey National Academic Squad
Delaney Ahn (Macungie, Pa./Emmaus)
Taylor Bednar (Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus)
Jenna Bendinelli (Princeton, N.J./Montgomery)
Kayla Bendinelli (Princeton, N.J./Montgomery)
Sierra Bobb (Dornsife, Pa./Line Mountain)
Sydney Engler (Boyertown, Pa./Oley Valley)
Amanda Fruman (Owings Mills, Md./Garrison Forest)
Emma Godfrey (Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek)
Hannah Grothusen (Glenside, Pa./Springfield Township)
Marie Laverdiere (Springfield, Va./West Springfield)
Heather Meeder (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep)
Emily Mycek (Norristown, Pa./Methacton)
Alana Platukus (Wilkes-Barre, Pa./Pittston Area)
Phoebe Prettyman (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City)
Claire Taben (Ridgefield, Conn./Ridgefield)
Olivia Young (Orrtanna, Pa./Gettysburg)
The Red Devils were also well represented on the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll, recognizing student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher. Dickinson had 10 players named to the honor roll last fall.