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March 27, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU leads nation with six NFHCA Scholars of Distinction

CHANDLER, Ariz. - The Slippery Rock University field hockey team has topped the nation in earning academic honors for its outstanding performance in the classroom by landing a Division II best six student-athletes on the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Scholars of Distinction List.

In order to be named a Scholar of Distinction, a student-athlete must maintain above a 3.90 cumulative grade point average through the fall semester.

This marks the second straight year SRU has led the country in the total number of Scholars of Distinction. The Rock had four players earn the honor last year.

Headlining the SRU list this year is Lindsay Brown, a chemistry major from Mountain Top,  who was also named to the Division II All-America team for her performance on the field after leading SRU in scoring with 13 goals and seven assists. Brown is a repeat selection to the Scholars of Distinction, as are Casey Young, a communication major from Orchard Park, N.Y.,  and Melissa Newmark, an exercise science major from Fairport, N.Y.

Joining the three repeat honorees are first-time selections Kayla Klaus, an exercise science major from State College, Erika Rohrbach, an exercise science major from Northumberland, and Lauren Shideler, a secondary education major form Gibsonia.
In related honors, SRU, which owns the best team GPA in the country at 3.56, landed a national best 21 student-athletes on the National Academic Squad for having at least a 3.30 GPA.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.