W&J Field Hockey Team Honored By Empire 8
WASHINGTON, Pa.. – The Washington & Jefferson College field hockey team was honored by the Empire 8 Conference as an All-Academic team on Tuesday. In addition, five Presidents earned the league’s President’s List honor.
Empire 8 teams gain all-academic status for registering a team grade-point average of 3.2 or higher during the fall semester. W&J posted a team GPA of 3.215 this past fall.
The five President’s List recipients from W&J are: seniors Elizabeth Herb (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny), Arielle King (Hershey, Pa./Hershey) and Meaghan Thornlow (Hudson, Ohio/Hudson) and freshmen Allison Morrissey (Chalfont, Pa./Mount Saint Joseph) and Natalie Paul (Novi, Mich./Novi).
To earn the President’s List distinction, student-athletes must earn a minimum of a 3.75 GPA during the fall semester, while also displaying a positive attitude on and off the field.
Herb, a psychology major, was named Empire 8 Sportswoman of the Year following the 2012 season after being recognized as playing at all times with honor and integrity. She posted two goals and four assists for eight points during 69 career matches.
King finished third on the team with 21 points (7g, 7a), while starting all 19 games. The child development major concluded her career ranked sixth in school history with 14 assists, ninth in total points (44) and 10th in goals (15).
A Spanish major, Thornlow finished her 66-game career as one of the top defenders in school history. She ranks second in school history with six defensive saves and helped the Presidents post 20 shutouts during the last four years. Thornlow was named Most Valuable Player of the Empire 8 Tournament after helping W&J claim its first championship and bid to the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Morrissey and Paul both played in 13 games during their rookie seasons. Morrissey scored a pair of goals, while Paul tallied one score.
W&J won 11 games and earned a berth to the Empire 8 Tournament for the sixth consecutive season under the guidance of Head Coach Jomara Coghlan. W&J competes in the Empire 8 Conference as an affiliate member as the Presidents’ Athletic Conference does not sponsor field hockey.