Bressler headlines NFHCA National Academic Squad announcement

Bressler headlines NFHCA National Academic Squad announcement

GILBERT, Ariz. – The Saint Anselm College field hockey team had four selections to the 2018 Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Academic Squad. The roster of 453 student-athletes across 34 NCAA Division II institutions was released on Wednesday.

Senior Maddie Bressler (Franklin, Mass.), a four-time selection, was joined on the roster by three freshmen, Jackie Gaumer (Thornton, N.H.), Andrea McNeil (Canton, Mass.) and McKenzie Robinson (Mont Vernon, N.H.). 

PDF: 2018 Zag Sports Tours / NFHCA Division II National Academic Squad

The foursome helped Saint Anselm to a 15-win season in 2018 and its third-straight berth in the NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championship. Saint Anselm also picked up its fourth-straight spot in the Northeast-10 Conference postseason.

"We are tremendously proud of these student-athletes for being honored as NFHCA DII National Academic Squad members," remarked Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille. "Maddie has earned the distinction in each of her four seasons here, which is an incredible achievement. We are also thrilled to see three of our freshmen earn this honor.

"Transitioning to college can be a difficult process and each of these student-athletes put in a lot of work to start their college careers off on the right foot," said King-Robitaille.

Bressler, a Nursing major, becomes the fourth student-athlete in team history to earn National Academic Squad placement in all four years of her academic career at Saint Anselm. She had a breakout season for Saint Anselm as a senior, scoring eight goals with an assist for 17 points (8-1=17) while making a career-high 20 starts.

Across a 77-game career for the Hawks, Bressler has potted 17 goals and nine assists for 43 points (17-9=34), notching four game-winning goals. In the Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches' Association Division II Senior Game in late November, she had the game-winning goal. She finishes her career ranked ninth in career point scoring with 43 points (17-9=43).

McNeil, pursuing a Nursing degree, played in 22 games off the bench for Saint Anselm, scoring one goal and firing three shots on the season. Her first collegiate marker came at home against Southern Connecticut State on Oct. 6, helping her squad to a 7-0 victory.

Robinson, a two-sport student-athlete studying Elementary Education, made 18 appearances for the Hawks, firing three shots. She is also a member of the Hawks women's lacrosse team, having appeared in five games to date, picking up two ground balls and causing a turnover. 

Gaumer, studying Criminal Justice on the Hilltop, saw action in six contests for the Hawks, debuting at Southern New Hampshire on Sept. 12.