IN THE FALL 2017 EDITION OF SPORTS SHORTS, learn more about the field hockey team's #HARTSTRONG motto and how you can helP its cause. Also, read More about SHip's inaugural LACROSSE coach Kathy Heinze, who RECEIVED recognition from The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association. FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE SPORTS, VISIT SHIPRAIDERS.COM.
SU’s field hockey team is collecting donations for Four Diamonds in honor of junior Megan Hart, a forward from Thompsontown who was diagnosed this September with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Four Diamonds is an organization that supports those affected by childhood cancer by providing critical medical expenses toward treatments at the Penn State University Medical Centers. SU field hockey wore orange t-shirts during the pregame warmups of its remaining games in support of Hart, as orange is the universal color for leukemia awareness. SU field hockey adopted the motto #HARTSTRONG in support of their teammate as she undergoes chemotherapy treatments and works toward her recovery.
The tennis team earned an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team award for possessing a cumulative team GPA above the required 3.2 minimum. In the fall, the Raiders posted a strong mark with a 3.289 team GPA. SU tennis responded in the spring by posting its highest cumulative team GPA since 2009 at 3.531. Five members of the team were certified with ITA All-Academic individual honors: sophomore Hannah Coath, senior Emilie Luttman, freshman Alison Miller, sophomore Megan Moorhead and freshman Kelsey Olsen. Each satisfied the award’s criteria by being a varsity letter-winner with a 3.5 GPA or higher for the 2016-17 academic year.
The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) named seven members of the softball team scholar-athletes for achieving a minimum GPA of 3.5 during the 2016-17 academic year: junior Tara Bicko, freshman Kayla Bonawitz, freshman Kendall Geis, freshman Micaela Ghanayem, freshman Meghan Klee, sophomore Nicole Smith, and junior Anna Warfield. SU has had 28 NFCA scholar-athletes over the last four years. Shippensburg also was named a 2016-17 Easton All-Academic Team by the NFCA as one of 86 nationally recognized
Division II teams with a cumulative team GPA above of 3.0.
The Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) recognized Kathy Heinze, the inaugural head coach of Shippensburg University lacrosse, as a trailblazer of the game. Heinze is one of 11 former collegiate coaches recognized Oct. 21 with a plaque along the new Chris Sailer Trail located at the United States Lacrosse headquarters. She was selected “for exceptional work advancing women’s lacrosse and the coaching profession during the Title IX era.”
Already a renowned international coach upon her arrival at Shippensburg, Heinze only coached the Raiders for two seasons but left an indelible impact. Her knowledge and expertise established the foundation for success in SU’s program. Shippensburg started out with a 2-2-1 record in 1977 before improving to 7-0 in 1978. She was head coach of the national US Lacrosse team from 1973-77, posting an undefeated record that included the first-ever US victory over England in 1975. She started the lacrosse program at Dickinson in 1976 before doing the same at Shippensburg one year later.
SU’s lacrosse team was one of 63 NCAA Division II programs named as a 2017 IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Squad, while senior Ali Harclerode and juniors Jordan Kengor and Makenzie Magnotta were named to the 2017 IWLCA/Zag Sports Academic Honor Roll. Shippensburg received the Academic Honor Squad distinction for posting a cumulative team GPA of 3.34—a mark well above the required 3.0 minimum. Harclerode, Kengor, and Magnotta earned the Academic Honor Roll distinction for being a junior or senior with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
TRACK AND FIELD
Seven members of the SU women’s indoor and outdoor track and field team and three members of the SU men’s indoor and outdoor track and field team made the 2017 US Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Academic Team. Each student-athlete compiled a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher and obtained a provisional or automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships during the indoor or outdoor season. SU’s individual All-Academic honorees included (women) junior Bryanna Dissinger, sophomore Morgan DeFloria, junior Kali Hepner, senior Sarah Hunt, senior Casey Norton, redshirt-junior Danielle Sciremammano, and redshirt-sophomore Abby Wagner; (men) senior Caleb Bartlett, sophomore Chris Craig, and freshman Alec Stimson.