DURHAM, N.C. – Ten Blue Devils have been named to the 2017 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad, as announced Thursday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
The Division I National Academic Squad program recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2017-18 academic year.
Over 960 student-athletes representing 76 schools were recognized on the 2017 Division I National Academic Squad.
Senior Sarah Furey was named to the National Academic Squad for the fourth time in her career to lead all current Blue Devils. Fellow seniors Alexa Mackintire and Stephanie Pezzuti, along with juniors Caroline Andretta and Morgan Bitting and redshirt sophomore Sammi Steele, all received their third selections. Junior Christy Palazzese and sophomore Jillian Wolgemuth were tabbed to the National Academic Squad for the second consecutive year while senior Ashley Kristen and freshman Lydia Smeltz were first-time selections.
The National Academic Squad announcement came a week after the Duke squad earned a 2017 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Team Award. In addition, Bitting and Smeltz were both honored as 2017 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction last week.
This spring, the Blue Devils also paced the conference with eight selections to the All-ACC Academic Team.