February 22, 2011

Yale Earns National Academic Team Award Again

Bulldogs Have Earned Award Every Season under Pam Stuper

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale field hockey team earned the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Team Award for the 2010 season, the NFHCA announced Tuesday. The Bulldogs have earned the award in each of their six seasons under head coach Pam Stuper.

The National Academic Team Award is presented to all field hockey teams that had a GPA of 3.0 or higher for the fall of 2010. In addition to their impressive performance in the classroom, which included an Academic All-Ivy League selection for junior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany), the Bulldogs also enjoyed plenty of success on the field, going 11-6 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League (tied for second). Landshut and junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) both earned All-Region honors for their efforts. Yale finished the season with 52 goals, marking the fifth straight season the Bulldogs have increased their goal total over the previous year. The Bulldogs are 23-11 in the last two seasons, 11-3 in the Ivy League. That is the most league wins, and the second-most overall wins, in a two-year span in school history.

Yale was also active in the community as well. The Bulldogs held their inaugural "Get a Grip" campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. Their efforts were inspired by sophomore goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England), who is battling the disease. Yale also had sophomore back Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.) make a life-saving bone marrow donation to a patient with a life-threatening illness. Adams was identified as a genetic match for the patient after she signed up at the Yale Athletic Department's bone marrow donor testing drive for the National Marrow Donor Program's "Be The Match" registry, inspired by Yale women's ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz (Wilcox, Sask.) and her battle with cancer.

The NFHCA National Academic Squad individual honorees will be released at a later date.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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