RICHMOND, Va. – The VCU Field Hockey team continues to take care of business on the field and the classroom. The National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced their 2012 Gladiator by SGI NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction, honoring three members of the VCU team.

Senior Melanie Marotta, junior Stephanie DeMasi and freshman Kendall Farino all maintained a cumulative 3.90 GPA or higher through the fall semester to be named a Scholar of Distinction by the NFHCA.

"As a staff we are very proud of Stephanie, Melanie and Kendall for the national recognition they have earned," said Head Coach Shannon Karl. "All three of these young women are incredible reflections of this institution and what our program strives for with regard to academic achievement."

VCU was one of four schools to have three or more athletes honored on the Scholar of Distinction team. The Rams were the only Atlantic 10 school to have more than one player recognized, as well.

On the field, the Rams won 13 matches, the second most victories in school history, while qualifying for the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament in their first season of A-10 play.

As a whole, VCU, who played 14 matches on the road, boasted a semester grade point average of 3.43, and brought their team cumulative GPA to a 3.48 in the classroom.