CHANDLER, Ariz. - The National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced Tuesday its 2013 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Squad. A record-setting 13 Miami RedHawks earned a spot on the team, senior Addie Absher, juniors Kaitlin Evans, Emily Gruesser, Alyssa Logan, Jordan Long and Sarah Mueller, sophomores Ali Froede, Gabby Goldach, Christina Heston and Chrissy Zessin and freshmen Bea Dechant, Jenna Mengle and Sarah Scott Worth.
Absher is a four-time winner of this award, while Gruesser, Long and Mueller are each winning it for the third straight time. Froede and Zessin are each two-time recipients. 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 2012-13 academic year.
"This is a really exciting accomplishment and honor," said Gruesser. "It really speaks to how hard we all work on and off the field to be the best all-around student athletes we can be. Our goals, personally and as a team, are always getting bigger each and every day."
On Monday, the RedHawks received the SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award honor for having a collective GPA over 3.0 during the fall semester.
Miami finished the season 12-10 and earned both the MAC Regular Season and Tournament championships. The RedHawks advanced to the NCAA Play-In Game for the first time in school history.