MOUNT PLEASANT – Central Michigan's field hockey program earned further recognition for the academic prowess of its student-athletes, as a nation-best fifteen players were named to the 2011 Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Academic Squad.
Only three other field hockey programs from across the nation – Appalachian State, Brown, and Hofstra – matched the number of CMU entries on the National Academic Squad, and none surpassed it.
The National Academic Squad is reserved for those athletes who earned a 3.30 GPA or higher after the first semester of the 2011-2012 academic year.
As a team, the Chippewas boast the fourth-highest cumulative GPA in the country at 3.47.
The 15 honorees tie a record for the most in a season set in the 2008-09 academic year. More than 12 Chippewas have been named to the team in each successive year.
More than 68 percent of the 22-person CMU roster earned the distinction.
Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Academic Team Award Honorees