STORRS, Conn. - A week after helping the University of Connecticut field hockey team earn the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's Collegiate National Team Academic Award, two freshman standouts, Karlie Heistand and Casey Umstead, were selected as Division I Scholars of Distinction by the NFHCA on Monday afternoon.
The Husky athletes were two of 79 athletes honored by the organization for achieving a grade point average of at least 3.90 during the 2014 fall semester.
Following the Huskies' national championship run, the duo earned spots on the NFHCA Collegiate National Academic Squad. Additionally, Heistand and Umstead were two of six Huskies to qualify for the University's Dean's List during the fall of 2014.
"Karlie and Casey not only helped lead our team to a national championship this year, their academic performance was truly stellar," said Husky head coach Nancy Stevens."Both student-athletes are pursuing rigorous academic majors and their commitment to achieving the highest standards serves as an inspiration to all of our players."
Heistand saw action in 22 games for the Huskies in the 2014 season, earning 15 starts. She registered her first collegiate point with an assist in UConn's 6-1 win over Kent. St. on Nov. 15 in the NCAA First Round. Prior to her time at Connecticut, she earned two All-State selections at Hamburg Area High School, combining for 47 goals and 29 helpers in her final two seasons.
Umstead was a key contributor down the stretch for Connecticut, notching the eventual game-winning goal just 80 seconds into the Huskies' NCAA Quarterfinal game against Stanford on Nov. 16. The Sellersville, Pa. native finished her freshman campaign with nine goals and two assists.
Last week, UConn was honored as one of 71 institutions that achieved a team GPA of 3.0 or higher during the first semester of the 2014-15 academic year.
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