BANGOR, Maine – For the third-straight day Maine field hockey earned NFHCA academic honors as four of its players were named 2013 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction on Thursday.
Natasha Ford, Francesca Rowley, Holly Stewart and Sydney Veljacic all received the honor on behalf of the Black Bears. All four of these players joined five others yesterday as Maine had nine players earn NFHCA all-academic squad honors.
In order to be named Scholar of Distinction a player needs achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2013-14 academic year. Maine's four award recipients joined more than 80 other athletes from across the nation.
These honors are the latest in a long list of academic accolades the team has garnered this season as both the team and specific individuals have been honored for their work inside the classroom and out on the field.
The Black Bears placed 13 members on the America East field hockey all-academic team, while more than half (seven members) were named to the Commissioners' Honor Roll.
This latest academic award comes on the heels of a school ceremony at the University of Maine that honored all student-athletes who excelled in the classroom, as a myriad of field hockey members were honored. Rising junior, Holly Stewart, was one of three Black Bears to earn one of the most prestigious awards given, as she earned the Win "M" Club Dean Smith Awards.