CHANDLER, Ariz. --- The Sweet Briar Field Hockey team was recognized for its academic prowess this week as the National Field Hockey Coaches Association announced its 2012 academic honors and awards.
As a team, Sweet Briar was given the 2012 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division III National Academic Team Award for achieving a collective GPA of 3.0 or higher during the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year.
Additionally, seven Vixens were named to the 2012 Gladiator by SGI / NFHCA Division III National Academic Squad. Kiera Cavalleri (Brooklyn, N.Y./Bishop Kearney), Emily Dallas (Allentown, N.J./Peddie School), Megan Johnston (Powhatan, Va./Powhatan) Eve Mergenthaler (Litchfield, Conn./Litchfield), Kim Orchowski (Crofton, Md./Arundel), Katie Torretti (Lemon Grove, Calif./Bishops School), and Loralei Whittaker (Chesapeake, Va./Western Branch) all achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher through the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year.
Whittaker also received the prestigious 2012 Gladiator by SGI /NFHCA Division III Scholar of Distinction designation. Student-athletes recognized for this award have earned acumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher through the first semester of the 2012-13 academic year.