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Six Field Hockey Players Named to NFHCA Academic Squad

Six Field Hockey Players Named to NFHCA Academic Squad

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. - Six members of the inaugural University of Saint Joseph (USJ) field hockey team were recently named to the 2020 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division III National Academic Squad, it was announced by the NFHCA last week. This year, over 2,050 student-athletes from more than 140 Division III institutions earned recognition for the high academic accolade.

The Division III National Academic Squad program honors student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or higher through the first semester of the 2020-2021 academic year.


Seniors Symantha Fazzino (Newington, Conn.) and Molly Sanderson (Avon, Conn.), junior Nina Lestrud (Torrington, Conn.), sophomore Makenzie Dinger (Hingham, Mass.), and freshmen Wendy Bowden (Old Saybrook, Conn.) and McKenna Gibson (Old Saybrook, Conn.) earned the national honor after meeting the high academic standards for USJ.

"I am so proud of all of them," said USJ Field Hockey Head Coach, Karen Nell. "Especially the seniors (who are nursing students), because they showed us all what it's like to be dedicated to the sport you love, while continuing to care for others during this unprecedented time."

Johns Hopkins University led all institutions with the most National Academic Squad selections, placing 28 student-athletes on the list. Haverford College and the University of Rochester tied for the second-most honorees — each institution had 27 student-athletes recognized.

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