CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Six members of the Virginia field hockey team were named to the All-ACC Field Hockey Academic Team in honors announced Monday (Jan. 24) by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Grad students Rachel Robinson and Makayla Gallen, seniors Amber Ezechiels and Annie McDonough, junior Laura Janssen and freshman Tyler Kennedy were all voted to the team.
This is the fourth time that Robinson and Ezechiels have earned the honor, the third for McDonough, the second for Janssen and the first for Gallen and Kennedy.
Each of the ACC’s seven field hockey programs is represented by multiple selections to the 2021 All-ACC Field Hockey Academic Team. That includes a league-record 21 student-athletes that also earned All-ACC honors. In addition, 12 members of this year’s All-ACC Field Hockey Academic Team were also NFHCA All-Americans, and 24 were named NFHCA All-Region.
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.
UVA on the All-ACC Field Hockey Academic Team
Amber Ezechiels, Virginia, Sr., Economics
Makayla Gallen, Virginia, Gr., Higher Education
Laura Janssen, Virginia, Jr., Psychology
Tyler Kennedy, Virginia, Fr., Undeclared
Annie McDonough, Virginia, Sr., Inter-Cognitive Science
Rachel Robinson, Virginia, Gr., Kinesiology