Field Hockey 2015: University of Southern Maine

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Field Hockey 2015: University of Southern Maine

Postby Tom Nolette » Tue Mar 24, 2015 4:43 am

Pratt, Rioux and Ward Earn NFHCA National Academic Squad Honors

GORHAM, Maine -- Led by four-year recipient Rebecca Pratt (Cornville, Maine/Skowhegan), three members of the University of Southern Maine Huskies field hockey team have earned National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association (NFHCA) National Academic Squad Honors. Joining Pratt are sophomore Bethany Rioux (Benton, Maine/Lawrence) and junior Allison Ward (Rockland, Maine/Oceanside). To earn the NFHCA’s academic distinction, student-athletes must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2014-2015 academic year.

A sophomore forward for the Huskies, Rioux saw action in 15 of the Huskies 22 games. Rioux is earning the academic honor from the NFHCA for the first time in her career. Majoring in History and Education, Rioux was selected to the 2014 Little East Conference All-Academic Team.

One of the Huskies’ co-captains, Ward is earning NFHCA academic honors for the third time in her career (2012, 2013 and 2014). Majoring in Mathematics/Education, Ward is a member of the University’s Pioneers’ program - a scholarship program for some of the top students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. She is a two-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete Award winner and a member of the 2014 Little East Conference All-Academic Team.

Playing in all 22 of the Huskies’ games, Ward had her best season to-date and was named first team All-Little East Conference. A midfielder, Ward had nine goals and three assists fro 21 points and a pair of defensive saves. Ward finished her junior season second on the team in goals and points. Named the Little East Conference Defensive Player of the Week on October 6, Ward scored USM’s game-tying goal in a key 2-1 conference win over Salem State. Ward tallied 14 of her 21 points in LEC action, scoring six goals and passing off two assists.

A two-time William B. Wise Scholar Athlete, Pratt completed a strong career with the Huskies finishing with 11 goals and 12 assists in 64 games at USM. Playing defensive midfield and forward for the Huskies when needed, Pratt had two goals, three assists and a defensive save in 2014. She scored USM’s game-winning goal in a season-opening 3-2 win over Manhattanville College. Pratt is a Tourism and Hospitality major.
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