Six Wolverines, Team Earn NFHCA Academic Honors

March 5, 2012

CHANDLER, Ariz. -- The University of Michigan field hockey team earned a spot on the 2011 Gladiator by SGI/NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Team, while six Wolverines were named to the organization's Division I National Academic Squad, the NFHCA announced Monday (March 5).

Michigan was named to the National Academic Team after achieving a minimum grade-point-average of 3.0 during the first semester of the 2011-12 academic year. Michigan was one of 60 schools in Division I to earn this honor.

Fifth-year senior Eileen Brandes (Falmouth, Maine/Falmouth Area), sophomore Rachael Mack (Bromsgrove, England/Bromsgrove School), sophomore/freshmen Lauren Hauge (Tulsa, Okla./Holland Hall) and Samantha Gray (Wilmette, Ill./North Shore Country Day School) and freshmen Aline Fobe (Aartsellar, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe van Lourdes) and Axelle Wouters (Antwerp, Belgium/Onze Lieve Vrouwe Antwerp) were named to the National Academic Squad.

Brandes was named to the team for the fourth time in her career, becoming the fifth Wolverine to be named at least four times to the team (Mary Fox, Nicole Lonsway, Lauren MacMillan and Molly Maloney). She also graduated with a bachelor of science degree in biology and French this December. Gray and Hauge make their second appearance to the team, while Fobe and Wouters are rookies to the squad.

Brandes, Gray, Hauge and Mack also were named to the Academic All-Big Ten team in the fall.

Players named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad must have attained a minimum overall GPA of 3.30 through the first semester of the 2011-12 academic year.

Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423