LEWISTON, Maine -- Twelve members of the Bates field hockey team were named to the 2017 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Squad, announced Thursday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
The National Academic Squad includes student-athletes who have achieved a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.30 through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year.
Senior Sydney Beres (New York, N.Y.) achieved the distinction of being named to the National Academic Squad for the fourth time in four years.
Winning the award for a third time in their respective careers were senior Samantha Reiss (New Haven, Vt.) and juniors Taylor Lough (Little Compton, R.I.), Shelbie McCormack (Tyngsborough, Mass.) and Jessie Moriarty (Springfield, Mass.). Lough was also an All-NESCAC and NFHCA All-Region pick this season.
Two-time award winners from the Bobcats included junior Caroline Barnes (Saratoga Springs, N.Y.), sophomore Alexa Jurgeleit (Barrington, R.I.) and sophomore Alyssa Souza (Scarborough, Maine). The Bobcats' first-time All-Academic Squad honorees include senior Lauren Foster (Pawling, N.Y.), junior Adelae Durand (Cumberland, R.I.), first-year Bridget Tweedie (Brownfield, Maine) and first-year Meaghan Waldron (Darien, Conn.).
In addition to the individual accolades, Bates was one of 130 Division III teams to earn the 2016 NFHCA Division IIII National Academic Team Award. This award recognizes those institutions that achieve a minimum GPA of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2017-18 academic year.
Bates enjoyed its second straight winning season in 2017, with a 9-7 overall record, and the program's best record in NESCAC play (5-5) since 2002.