CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The National Field Hockey Coaches Association
(NFHCA) recently announced its 2008 NFHCA Division III National
Academic Squad and Washington and Lee had several team members
Seniors Melissa Dolan (Centennial, Colo./Kent Denver), Liz Garson (Richmond, Va./Collegiate) and Christina Merchant (Midlothian, Va./Collegiate), juniors Alex Caritis (Pittsburgh, Pa./Shady Side Academy), Caroline Habliston (Alexandria, Va./St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes), Stephanie Mansey (Mendham, N.J./Randolph) and Grace McGee (Virginia Beach, Va./Floyd E. Kellam), sophomores Kathy Brown (Baltimore, Md./Catonsville), Kate Donnelly (Houston, Texas/St. John’s), Emmy Mathews (Baltimore, Md./Bryn Mawr), and Kelly Tran (Simsbury, Conn./Ethel Walker) and first-years Christina Benedetti (Derwood, Md./Academy of the Holy Cross), Lizz Dye (Houston, Texas/Episcopal), Susie Giampalmo (Glenwood, Md./Glenelg) and Annie Stevenson (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Country Day) were named to the squad. All told, 1,069 players were honored for having recorded at least a 3.30 GPA for the first term of the 2008-09 academic year.
For Dolan, it was the fourth-straight year that she has garnered the award, while Caritis, Garson, Habliston and Mansey have all won the award each of the last three years. The 15 players that W&L had honored are the most that the Generals have had in one season, surpassing the 13 that they claimed last year.
Washington and Lee wrapped up the 2008 season with a 10-9 overall record, 5-2 ODAC and advanced to the ODAC semifinals for the seventh-straight year.
The National Academic Squad honors those athletes that have achieved at least a 3.30 GPA through the first term of the 2008-09 academic year.