Nine Field Hockey Players Earn National Academic Honor

GILBERT, Ariz. – The University of the Pacific women’s field hockey team had nine student-athletes selected to the 2017 Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Academic Squad, as released by the NFHCA on Thursday.

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.

Savannah BurnsAllie Konkol, and Emma Leachreceived the award for the fourth time.

Burns held a 3.76 GPA through the fall semester in her program of speech-language pathology. The senior played in 19 games this past season and finished second on the team with 14 goals, nine assists, and tallied 37 points.

Konkol is majoring in multiple subject, curriculum, and instruction and through the fall semester she finished with a 3.80 GPA. The Denver, Colorado, native played in 16 games this past season making one start and tallied three shots.

Leach, hailing from Gilroy, California, completed the fall semester with a 3.76 GPA in Speech-Language Pathology. The senior played and started in all 19 games in the fall and registered 10 assists and three goals for 16 points.

Lindsie Rogers joins the Academic Squad with a 3.34 GPA in Health and Exercise Science. Rogers, a freshman from Ann Arbor, Michigan, made her collegiate debut through nine games.

Karlijn Roijakkers owned a 3.90 GPA in her program of Health, Exercise, and Sport Science through the fall academic year. Roijakkers hails from Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, and played in 19 games with 15 starts last season and notched three shots.

Ash Rutherford, a sophomore out of Cape Town, South Africa, maintained a 3.90 GPA in Business Administration – Finance. Rutherford made seven starts through 19 games and registered 17 shots with 10 landing on target, three goals, and 11 assists for 17 points.

Tayler Silacci managed a 3.92 GPA in Business Administration – Marketing, while playing in the fall. The Gilroy, California, native recorded one assist and two shots with one on target for one point last fall.

Axelle Steffen joins the Academic Squad with a 3.80 GPA in her program of Business Administration – International Business. Steffen comes from Schilde, Belgium, and played in all 19 games with 19 starts. She picked up two points for the Tigers with two assists and registered 14 shots with six landing on goal.

Marlise van Tonder rounds out the group with a 4.00 GPA in Engineering Physics. Van Tonder, a native of Pretoria, South Africa, played every minute in goal for the Orange and Black. The sophomore tallied 108 saves with a .684 save percentage. She grabbed two shut outs in 19 games.

“This is such a great accomplishment for our players,” said head coach Andy Smith. “I am proud of their efforts not just on the field but in the classroom, as well.”

Pacific opens the 2018 season in August.

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