Spartans Athletes Earn Academic Honors
In addition to its success on the field, the York College field hockey team excelled in the classroom, earning multiple accolades from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and Zag Field Hockey.
Dana Meehling and Greta Plappert were named NFHCA Division III Scholars of Distinction, 11 others were named to the National Academic Squad, and the Spartans as a team were named a Division III National Academic Team.
Meehling and Plappert were two of just 242 Division III student-athletes to be named Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Scholars of Distinction. To be eligible, student-athletes must have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.90. Meehling, a freshman that earned second-team All-Capital Athletic Conference honors, started in 16 games in the fall, finishing the year with 18 points on eight goals and two assists. Plappert erupted during her sophomore season with 31 points on 14 goals and three assists, earning All-Region and first team All-CAC nods.
Meehling and Plappert, along with Marlena Bauroth, Camryn Burk, Eve Hauptle, Meghan Heary, Sam Keating, Kenidy Kubitz, Brigette Lally, Autumn Mallory, Lizzy Meighan, Lindsay Nye and Beth Patrick were the 13 Spartans named to the National Academic Squad.
To earn mention on the National Academic Squad, student-athletes need to earn a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30. Of that group, Mallory and Nye were both All-CAC picks. Mallory finished with a team-high 40 points on 19 goals and a pair of assists while Nye scored seven goals and added five assists. Patrick scored four times and dished out seven assists for the Spartans, and Hauptle started 14 games in net, going 11-3 with three shutouts.
As a team, York was one of 130 Division III teams to combine for a cumulative GPA of at least 3.30 as a squad, earning a National Academic Team Award.
The Spartans went 12-6 in the fall, including a 4-2 record in the CAC, reaching the CAC Tournament semifinals in head coach Katie Fost's first season.