March 24, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab
SRU field hockey teams carries best GPA in U.S.
CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Slippery Rock University field hockey team has posted the highest cumulative grade point average of all NCAA Division II field hockey teams to earn the Academic Team Award from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association and Gladiator by SGI.
The Rock has ranked in the top-five in cumulative grade point average in each of the last five years and has now posted the best team GPA in the country three times in the last five years.
SRU had a cumulative team GPA after the fall semester of 3.56, more than a tenth of a point higher than the next best team in the nation.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference posted the top four highest GPAs in the nation. West Chester ranked second at 3.45, followed by Mansfield and Mercyhurst in a tie for third at 3.44. Southern Connecticut State rounded out the top five at 3.40.
In order to earn the NFHCA Academic Team Award, a program must carry a collective team GPA of 3.0 or above after the fall semester. A total of 22 teams in Division II earned the award this year.
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