One of the wonderful things about being a Division III student-athlete is that the institutions focus not only on the athletic performances of its student-athletes but also on the academic success of these individuals as well. The culture of Stevens as a whole, and particularly of the field hockey team, was always that school was most important with field hockey being a priority right below it. Our athletics staff does a really great job understanding the rigor of our courseload and understanding that we are going to enter the professional work force; many of us will not pursue our sport after college. Although our athletics is extremely competitive and top-notch, we have a great balance.
Yesterday marked the seventh straight year that the field hockey teamed earned the NFHCA Academic Team Award for having a team GPA above the minimum 3.0 requirement. Furthermore, not only has our team gotten this award since its inception seven years ago, but the team got a 3.34 GPA for the fall (3.21 cumulative)! Particularly because we are in season during the fall, I am so proud and impressed that my teammates and I were able to accomplish this feat (and the same applies for all of the other sports on campus as well). We were able to perform well academically and athletically, reaching the "Sweet 16" round of the NCAA Tournament.
Field Hockey Receives Academic Team Award from NFHCA is a link to the StevensDucks website highlighting the achievement of the team. It also mentions that the All-Academic team (individual awards) will be announced next week. I'll keep you updated!