Westminster, Massachusetts, junior collects honors for first time to become third Academic All-American® in field hockey program history and 24th all-time from Stonehill
EASTON, Mass. (June 8, 2016) – Stonehill College junior All-American Sarah Morse (Westminster, Massachusetts/Oakmont Regional) has earned a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-America® women's at large third team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-America committee.
Morse, who earned CoSIDA Academic All-District™ I first team honors for the first time last month, becomes the third Academic All-American® in program history for field hockey and the first since former teammate Devin Ingersoll '14 was named a second team at large member in 2014. The CoSIDA women's at large Academic All-America® program includes student-athletes competing in bowling, rowing, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, and water polo.
Morse is also the second Stonehill student-athlete to earn Academic All-America® honors during the 2015-16 academic year, joining recent graduate Anthony Masucci '16 who earned second team football honors last fall, giving the College 24 Academic All-Americans® all-time. She is the 11th female student-athlete at Stonehill to earn Academic All-America® honors and the eighth student-athlete all-time named to the at large team.
Morse has earned a 3.76 cumulative grade point average as a finance major at the College and is a Beta Gamma Sigma National Honor Society member. She earned Northeast-10 Academic All-Conference honors for the first time last fall and has received the St. Thomas Aquinas Medal the last two years for having the highest cumulative GPA on the field hockey team. Morse has been named to the Gladiator by SGI/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division II National Academic Squad each of her three seasons with the program and has earned NE-10 Commissioner's Honor Roll and Athletic Director's Honor Roll status all five semesters to date.
Morse, who has spent the spring semester studying abroad in Australia, is coming off a junior season in which she was a consensus first team All-American, earning the honors with both Longstreth/NFHCA and synapsesports.com. She earned All-Northeast-10 first team honors for the first time in her career last fall as well and finished the season ranked second nationally in Division II and in the NE-10 with her team-high 12 assists to go with four goals for 20 points, netting three game winning goals. Morse has been named to the NE-10 All-Championship team each of the last two seasons in helping the Skyhawks to back to back Tournament titles and earned Most Outstanding Player honors for the 2015 Championship.
Morse enters her senior season ranked fifth in program history with 24 career assists – 12 shy of the program record of 36 set by Kelly Latendresse '07. She has totaled 36 points with six career goals, four of which are game winners, over her 59 career games played, chipping in with a defensive save. Stonehill finished the 2015 season with a 14-7 record overall, including 9-3 in the NE-10, claiming its second straight NE-10 Tournament Championship and reaching the NCAA Division II National Semifinals for the second straight year.
Stonehill finished its 2015 season with a 14-7 record overall, including 9-3 in NE-10 play, before going on to win the program's third NE-10 Tournament crown and earn the seventh NCAA Tournament bid in program history, with a second straight appearance in the national semifinals. The Skyhawks 2016 schedule will be announced soon, with the team opening its 20th varsity season by hosting defending NCAA Division II National Champions East Stroudsburg University at W.B. Mason Stadium on Saturday, September 3, at 1 p.m. Stonehill has also been selected to host the 2016 NCAA Division II Championships, November 18-20.
With 20 intercollegiate sports, Stonehill boasts one of the top athletic and academic programs in the country. In addition to finishing in the top three of the Northeast-10 Conference Presidents' Cup standings for overall athletic performance 12 straight years, the Skyhawks have received the NCAA Division II Presidents' Award for Academic Achievement each of the first five years of the program's existence of honoring institutions with an Academic Success Rate (ASR) of 90-percent or better. Stonehill has earned a 96% Academic Success Ranking (ASR) by the NCAA two straight years, which considers the academic success rate of the institution based on the graduation rate of student-athletes, good for fifth among all NCAA Division II institutions, with 12 Skyhawk teams receiving a perfect rating of 100%. In addition, the Skyhawks are ranked third in the National Collegiate Scouting Association (NCSA) Power Rankings for Division II used to assess the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA and NAIA athletic programs. Stonehill has also been selected as the host of the 2016 NCAA Division II Field Hockey Championships at W.B. Mason Stadium.
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