RICHMOND, Va. - The VCU Field Hockey team has been named a Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team as VCU posted the third-highest team GPA in the nation for the 2016-17 fall semester.  Two Rams earned Division I Scholar of Distinction honors and 17 Rams were named to the NFCHA All-Academic Squad.

The Rams posted the third-highest GPA among Division I NFCHA member institutions with an overall team GPA of 3.58. The Rams finished fifth in 2015 with a team GPA of 3.5.

In addition, VCU's Bentley Zabicki and All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team member Rebecca Ward were named Division I Scholars of Distinction for posting a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher for the 2016-17 fall semester.

"It's obvious that this team set the bar high for themselves in the classroom. I'm extremely proud of their efforts. This achievement would not be possible without the work that Elizabeth Smith and the rest of our Student-Athlete Academic Support Staff put in on a daily basis.  Their commitment to the success of our student-athletes here at VCU is second to none," head coach Stacey Bean said.

In all, 17 VCU players were named to the NFHCA All-Academic Squad. The National Academic Squad includes all student-athletes with a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher at the end of the 2016-17 fall semester. 

Alexis Albright, Jamee Albright, Natalie Bohmke, McKenzie Bowler, Katelyn Cummings, Kelsey Hideshima, Chessa Kownurko; Jordan Lally, Alaina Madeline, Kaylee Maunz, Jordan Rasure, Colleen Rogers, McKinley Ryder, Hannah Tammaro and Sydney Weise were named to the All-Academic Squad. Ward and Zabicki were also named to the All-Academic Squad.

Seniors Hideshima, Maunz and Weise were all four-year members of the NFCHA All-Academic squad.