CHANDLER, Ariz. - For the fifth consecutive year, the Miami University field hockey team has earned recognition by the NFHCA for excellence in the classroom. Earning the organization's 2012 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Award honor, the 2012 MAC regular season and tournament champion RedHawks have firmly established their commitment to support the academic goals of the institution.

"The Miami field hockey program is dedicated to the idea of the student-athlete," said head coach Iñako Puzo. "Members of the team are students at Miami who also play hockey, and we as a program are proud that the efforts in the classroom have been recognized nationally."

The RedHawks were honored for achieving a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Individual members of the team will be further recognized this week as the association announces the 2012 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad on Tuesday, March 5th and the 2012 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction on Wednesday, March 6.

"It is an honor to represent our University both on the field and in the classroom by winning the MAC title and receiving the National Academic Team Award this past season," said junior midfielder Jordan Long. "Our goals as a program led us to challenge each other and strive to be champions in whatever phase of life we encounter. We are looking forward to continuing our growth as field hockey players and individuals."

The RedHawks finished the season 12-10 and earned both the MAC Regular Season and Tournament championships. They advanced to the NCAA Play-In Game for the first time in school history.