Five players earn NFHCA national academic laurels, team also honored

NORTON, Mass. - Five Wheaton College field hockey players were named to the 2010 National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) National Academic squad, while the Lyons were also recognized with the NFHCA National Academic Team Award.

Individual honorees needed to record a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 through the 2010 first semester.  In order to be a recipient of the team honor, institutions needed to achieve a team GPA of 3.0 last fall.

Senior Julia Atwood (Concord, Mass./Brooks School) picked up the individual distinction for the third consecutive year, while classmate Jessica Strock (Centerville, Mass./Barnstable) and junior Kathryn Ende (Hallowell, Maine/Hall-Dale) each garnered their second honor.  Freshmen Emily Chick (Bangor, Maine/Bangor) and Laura Petschek (Scarsdale, N.Y./Scarsdale) collected the first academic awards of their careers.

A three-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) academic all-league honoree, Atwood finished with 12 points last fall.  The NEWMAC Academic All-Conference award requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

Strock, who earned NFHCA all-region accolades for the second straight year, paced the squad with 16 goals and 39 points despite missing the team's final six games.  Her point total ranks fourth best in program annals.  Strock also added seven assists.

Ende and Petschek each saw action in 15 games, while Chick was tied for third on the squad with 22 points to go alongside a pair of game-winning goals.  She was one of just four players to start in all 21 games.

In 2010, the Lyons more than doubled their win total from the previous season, going 13-8 overall and 6-2 in the NEWMAC.  Their six league victories matched a program best.