Feb. 26, 2009
The Atlantic Coast Conference has released its annual field hockey All-ACC Academic Team and, just as it did during the season, the Maryland field hockey team takes center stage on the list. Honda Award winner Susie Rowe was named the ACC Field Hockey Scholar Athlete of the Year as she and six teammates were named to the squad, tied for the most members from any team.
Sophomore Meghan Dean (Special Education), junior Kristina Foster (Psychology), junior Alicia Grater (Elementary Education), junior Ameliet Rischen (Business Management), senior Susie Rowe (Business Management), senior Sarah Scholl (Food and Science) and senior Emma Thomas (General Biology) comprised the Maryland contingent bestowed with the honor. Along with Rowe, Grater was one of eight all-conference and nine All-Americans that earned All-ACC Academic honors.
Rowe, who set Maryland school records with 28 goals and 74 points scored on her way to leading the Terps to a sixth national title, earned All-ACC Academic honors for a third time. The honor was a second for senior Sarah Scholl, who scored seven goals and put up 17 total points, each career highs.
Grater, who put together a .740 save percentage while allowing just 1.24 goals a game in her first season as a starter, earned the nod for the first time, although she has twice been NFHCA All-Academic.
Meghan Dean scored her first five collegiate goals for the Terrapins during the 2008 season while seeing action in every game and starting 16. Her tally late in the second half of the ACC semifinal against Virginia evened the score, allowing the Terps to take the game to overtime and eventually win it.
Kristina Foster, a junior midfielder, played in a career-high 23 games while earning her first nine collegiate starts. She proved her toughness when she played through a back injury suffered during practice the week of the Final Four in Louisville.
Starting all 24 games for the Terps, Ameliet Rischen proved to be one of the team's most trustworthy ball-handlers in the midfield. She showed an ability to create on her own, as well, scoring four goals and dishing out four assists.
Emma Thomas joined the Terrapins on September 27 at Wake Forest and immediately proved to be a valuable asset, scoring the game-winner in overtime a week later at Virginia to earn ACC Player of the Week. Scoring seven goals and adding eight assists in just 16 games, Thomas was also one of Maryland's best defenders, helping the defense give up just 1.27 goals a game.
Maryland and Boston College each put seven student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic Team, tied for the most by any one school.
To be eligible for consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during her academic career.
The 2008 All-ACC Academic Field Hockey
Name School Class Major Janna Anctil Boston College So. Elementary Education Julia Berkowitz Boston College Gr. Elementary Education Bob Dirks*& Boston College Sr. Finance Chelsey Feole& Boston College Jr. Communication Tara Fernandes Boston College Gr. Administration Studies Katherine Quagila Boston College Sr. Sociology Kelley Smith Boston College Gr. Administration Studies Megan Deakins Duke Fr. Undecided Tara Jennings Duke Fr. Undecided Rhian Jones Duke Fr. Undecided Lauren Miller*& Duke Jr. Psychology Samantha Nelson Duke So. Undecided Laura Suchoski*& Duke Sr. Sociology Meghan Dean Maryland So. Special Education Kristina Foster Maryland Jr. Psychology Alicia Grater *& Maryland Sr. Elementary Education Ameliet Rischen Maryland Jr. Business Management Susie Rowe *& Maryland Sr. Business Management Sarah Scholl Maryland Sr. Food and Science Emma Thomas Maryland Sr. General Biology Britt van Beek*& North Carolina Sr. Exercise and Sport Science Elizabeth Drazdowski North Carolina Jr. Communication Studies Riley Foster North Carolina Jr. Exercise and Sport Science Taryn Gjurich North Carolina Fr. Political Science Lauren Elstein Virginia Jr. Economics Rachel Jennings Virginia Fr. Undeclared Floor Vogels Virginia Fr. Undeclared Aileen Davis*& Wake Forest Jr. French Melissa Martin Wake Forest Jr. History Raisa Schiller*& Wake Forest Jr. Psychology * All-ACC Honoree & All-America Honoree