GILBERT, Ariz. – VCU Field Hockey earned the 2018 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team in addition to having eight National Academic Squad members and four Scholars of Distinction. VCU has earned the National Academic Team Award each year since 2008.
"I am pleased with the emphasis that our team places on being complete student-athletes. They strive to excel both on and off of the field of play," said head coach Stacey Bean.
Jordan Rasure, Svea Sturm, Mackenzie Williams and Bentley Zabicki each earned Division I Scholar of Distinction honors. The Division I Scholars of Distinction program recognizes student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.9 or higher through the first semester of the 2018-19 academic year.
Those four also earned a spot on the National Academic squad in addition to Riley Scott, Maite Sturm, Emily van Hijfte and Janne Wetzel. The Division I National Academic Squad program honors student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.3 or higher through the first semester of the 2018-19 academic year.
On the field, Maite Sturm was named to the NFHCA All-South Region Second Team in addition to being an All-Atlantic 10 First Team selection and a VaSID All-State Second Team choice. Svea Sturm was also an All-Atlantic 10 First Team choice while Wetzel and Williams were named to the All-Atlantic 10 Rookie Team. Zabicki was named to the All-Atlantic 10 Academic Team.
While excelling in the classroom with an overall 3.42 team GPA in the fall semester, VCU also achieved success on the field and went 7-1 in Atlantic 10 play. After setting the program record for conference wins during a season, the Rams advanced to their first Atlantic 10 Championship game before falling to then-No. 10 Saint Joseph's.