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 22 Panthers were honored for their grade point average, and Middlebury rookie Abby Furdak 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 2017-18 academic year. Earning the individual award were seniors Caroline Knapp, Annie Leonard, Carson Peacock and Lauren Schweppe, each recognized as four-year honorees for the academic award. Juniors Amanda Bozorgi, Megan Collins, Molly Freeman and Grace Jennings as well as sophomores Marissa Baker, Kelly Coyle, Alison Denby, Olivia Green, Emma Johns, Sophia Peluso and Julia Richards.
On the field, the Panthers posted grabbed the program's second NCAA Championship in the last three years and third overall with a school-record tying 20 wins (20-2). During four NCAA Tournament games, Middlebury outscored four nationally-ranked opponents by a 16-1 tally, including the largest margin of victory in NCAA Division III championship game history (4-0) against top-ranked Messiah. Middlebury also won the NESCAC title for the fifth in program history and the fourth in the last six seasons with a 5-0 victory over Trinity.