NFHCA Release

CHANDLER, Ariz. – The NFHCA handed out its annual academic honors Wednesday and named a school-record 13 University of Delaware field hockey student-athletes to its National Academic Squad for their work in the classroom.

The 2015 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Squad recognizes individuals who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher during the first semester of the 2015-16 academic year, which is arguably the busiest time of the year for the student-athletes as they are amidst their championship season.

“A team performance is the sum of each student-athlete combined,” remarked Delaware head coach Rolf van de Kerkhof.  “I am very excited for my entire players group to once again do well academically and want to congratulated them on their fall team GPA of a 3.35.”

Delaware was represented by freshmen Kiki Bink (Wageningen, The Netherlands/RSG Pantarijn), MaryCate Butler (Collegeville, Pa./Villa Maria), Lisa Giezeman (Leidschendam, The Netherlands/Sin-Maartenscollege) and Haley Stanko (Lewisburg, Pa./Lewisburg), sophomores Maggie Delp (Lewes, Del./Cape Henlopen) and Emmeline Oltmans (Baarn, The Netherlands/Het Baarnsch Lyceum), juniors Kayla Devlin (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis), Esmée Peet (Zeewolde, The Netherlands/RSG Slingerbos), Marjelle Scheffers (Amersfoort, The Netherlands/Stedelijk Gymnasium Johan van Oldenbarneveld), Meghan Winesett (Centreville, Va./Westfield) and Maura Zarkoski (Eagleville, Pa./Villa Maria) and seniors Janell Holmes (Harrisburg, Pa./Harrisburg Christian), Maddie O’Beirne (Vienna, Va./George C. Marshall) on the list.

Since 2004 and prior to 2013, the Blue Hens never had more than seven student-athletes honored with NFHCA Academic Squad accolades.  In 2013, Delaware had a dozen student-athletes recognized.

UD had seven additional student-athletes that have garnered a GPA of 3.00.

“It may not always be easy to have our players together in our team hockey moments, but this is part of the sacrifices we are willing to make as a program in order to allow them to major in something they are passionate about and want to pursue in their lives after college,” Van de Kerkhof stated.  “Nothing is better at the end of the day to see them graduate with a degree that means a lot to them and which allows them to be champions, winners, leaders, problem solvers and strong and well-developed women for decades after they walk the graduation podium in Delaware Stadium.  This balanced academic and athletic opportunity provides us as a coaching, support and academic staff with amazing satisfaction.  We are proud to call ourselves teachers and mentors in the lives of our Blue Hen field hockey student-athletes.”

Earlier this week, the NFHCA recognized Delaware for the fifth straight season under Van de Kerkhof and his staff as a National Academic Team.

The Blue Hens collected the CAA three-peat with their third straight conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance this past fall.

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