CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –Virginia field hockey junior midfielder Rachel Robinson (Mount Joy, Pa.) has been named the 2019 ACC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year in honors announced Wednesday (January 29) by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Freshmen Cato Geusgens (Wassenaar, Netherlands), sophomores Amber Ezechiels (Niew-Vennep, Netherlands), Greer Gill (Virginia Beach, Va.), Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.) and Annie McDonough (Kennett Square, Pa.), and seniors Erin Shanahan (Pasadena, Md.) and Anzel Viljoen (Matamata, New Zealnd) joined Robinson on the 2019 All-ACC Academic Team.
Robinson, a first team All-American and an All-ACC first team honoree, started all 23 games for the Cavaliers as a defensive midfielder. She ended the season with five goals and four assists for 14 points. She scored the game-winning goals against Penn State and in the regular-season meeting versus Duke, as well as Virginia’s lone goal in the NCAA semifinal game against Princeton. The kinesiology major has twice been named to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-South Region Second Team, and earlier this month was announced as a member of the 2020 U.S. Women’s National Team.
Robinson is the seventh player in program history to be named the ACC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year, but the first to do so since Lori Mastropietro in 1998.
Each of the ACC’s seven field hockey programs are represented on the All-ACC Academic Field Hockey Team, including a league-tying 18 student-athletes that were also All-ACC selections. This year’s All-ACC Academic Team also features 12 Longstreth/NFHCA All-Americans. Virginia and Syracuse each had eight players named to the squad.
The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards were established in September of 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the awards must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their careers, as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
The ACC Honor Roll, which recognizes all conference student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 for the current academic year, will be released in July.