DURHAM, N.C. – Duke was one of 76 programs to earn a 2018 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award, as announced Monday by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association.
The Division I National Academic Team Award recognizes programs that earned a team grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the fall semester of the 2018-19 school year.
The Duke program has received a National Academic Team Award from the NFHCA in each of head coach Pam Bustin’s eight seasons at the helm of the program. The Blue Devils compiled a 3.52 team grade point average for the fall semester.
Earlier this year, Duke also landed seven student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic Team in seniors Caroline Andretta, Morgan Bitting, Erin Scherrer and Rose Tynan, redshirt junior Sammi Steele and juniors Margaux Paolino and Jillian Wolgemuth.
The Blue Devils earned their 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2018, reaching the quarterfinal round. Duke rounded out the season at 16-6 and ranked third in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll.
Three Division I academic awards remain to be announced by the NFHCA — the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Academic Squad will be announced on March 18, the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Scholars of Distinction on March 25 and the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA National Scholar-Athlete on April 1.