GILBERT, Ariz. – Just five days after being selected to the 2018 Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Academic Squad, the Saint Anselm College field hockey program saw a pair of freshman awarded the Zag Sports Tour/NFHCA 2018 Division II Scholars of Distinction. The roster of 86 student-athletes across 34 NCAA Division II institutions was released on Tuesday.
The Division II 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.
The duo 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.
"I'm extremely proud of and happy for Jackie and Andrea for earning the NFHCA Scholar of Distinction designation," remarked Head Coach Carolyn King-Robitaille.
"It is incredibly challenging to earn a cumulative GPA of 3.9 or higher here at Saint Anselm in any semester, and it's tremendously impressive that they were able to do so in their first semester of college while in field hockey season," said King-Robitaille. "They are both incredibly humble student-athletes and we are lucky to have them on our team," King-Robitaille concluded.
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.
Gaumer, studying Criminal Justice on the Hilltop, saw action in six contests for the Hawks, debuting at Southern New Hampshire on Sept. 12.