Broncs earn NFHCA National Academic Squad honors

Courtesy: Rider Sports Information
         
Release: March 16, 2017
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Courtesy: Brian David Solomon (Rider University)
CHANDLER, AZ – The Rider University field hockey team was one of 79 Division I teams recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) for a grade point average over a 3.00 it was announced on March 15. Rider, which advanced to the semifinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament during the 2016 season, had 13 players honored by the NFHCA for a grade point average over a 3.30. 

In the 2016 Zag Sports / NFHCA Division I National Team grade point average awards, Rider earned a 3.46 team grade point average after compiling a 3.46 GPA in 2015, 3.25 in 2014 and a 3.29 in 2013.  Rider had a 3.26 GPA on a 4.00 scale in 2012 and a 3.37 in 2011.

All of the academic accolades were accomplished while Rider was advancing to its 17th conference championship tournament in 17 seasons, all under head coach Lori Hussong and husband Dan Hussong, who is the Broncs’ assistant coach.

Overall, Rider finished 10-9, 4-2 in the MAAC, losing in overtime in the semifinals to top-seeded Monmouth University.

Broncs earning over a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 through the fall 2016 semester were seniors Carlota Alsina, Leigh Maxwell-Smith, Kalyn O'Brien and Carlie Spaeder, juniors Allison Baligian, Lauren Bock and Shannon Hughes, sophomore Jessica Randazzo and freshmen Voirrey Baker, Tess Coorens, Emily Gilligan, Daane Koch and Alice Otterson
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