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LHU places 10 on NFHCA National Academic Squad

(LHU ATHLETICS) Lock Haven University’s Kayla Brathwaite celebrates during an NCAA field hockey game.

GILBERT, Ariz. – Ten members of the Lock Haven University field hockey team have earned a spot on the 2019 Zag/National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Squad, including seniors MacKenzie Farley, Emily Robb and Katie Supey, who all became four-year recipients.

Other Bald Eagle honorees included Billie Jo Bollinger, Kayla Brathwaite, Karina Long, Taylor Plouse, Niamh Sexton, Jackie Snedden and Amy Stevens.

These prestigious individual academic honors come after last week’s announcement that LHU was awarded with 2019 Zag/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team honors.

For LHU field hockey and Hall of Fame head coach Pat Rudy, the 2019 season will go down in the memory books as a special one. It ended in near dramatic fashion, as the Bald Eagles closed the season with an outstanding upset-minded effort, one that came up just short in an Atlantic 10 Conference semifinal match.

Taking a quick look back, LHU capped an all-around impressive 2019 season with an 11-8 overall record. The Bald Eagles went 11-7 during the regular season and finished at 6-2 in Atlantic 10 Conference play. During the regular season, Lock Haven recorded conference wins over Davidson, Richmond, La Salle, Virginia Commonwealth, Saint Louis and Saint Francis. By way of the 6-2 Atlantic 10 record, LHU advanced to the conference tournament. The Bald Eagles finished the regular season on a roll, concluding the season with a four-game win streak. All four wins came by way of shutout-victories, as Lock Haven outscored its opponents 11-0 in the final four games. In all, LHU won seven of its final eight games during the regular season, which included A-10 wins over La Salle, Virginia Commonwealth, Saint Louis and Saint Francis.

The Bald Eagles crowned a pair of All-Region players at the end of the season and several players took home All-Conference honors.

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