NFHCA Recognizes W&L Field Hockey

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 honored.

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.