The Middlebury field hockey team continued to reap the rewards of hard work when the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) announced the 2017 ZAG Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Collegiate National Academic Squad list. A total of 18 Panthers were honored for their grade point average, and Middlebury rookie Alison Denby was touted as a Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division III Scholar of Distinction for a 3.90 or better GPA.
The National Academic Squad recognizes those student-athletes who have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year. Earning the individual award were seniors Lauren Berestecky, Emily Miller, Pam Schulman and Lily Taub with Schulman and Taub each four-year honorees for the academic award. Juniors Caroline Knapp, Annie Leonard, Carson Peacock and Lauren Schweppe as well as sophomores Amanda Bozorgi and Molly Freeman earned a spot on the team.
On the field, the Panthers posted a 15-5 record in 2016 and appeared in their sixth-straight NESCAC Championship game and 10th overall before falling to Tufts. Middlebury cruised by Rochester in the NCAA Tournament Second Round by a 4-0 score before losing in the regional final to eventual national champion Messiah, 4-2.