Field Hockey Honored For Academic Achievements

February 18, 2005
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 18, 2005

NORFOLK, Va. -- The Old Dominion University field hockey squad has earned the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I National Academic Team award after achieving a Team GPA of over 3.0 or higher during the first semester of the 2004-05 academic year, while six Lady Monarchs were recognized individually for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.30 or higher.

Senior Lynn Farquhar (Alexandria, Va.), junior Janelle Engle (Mt. Joy, Pa.), sophomores Mary Cate Gordan (Oreland, Pa.), Caroline Nichols (Va. Beach, Va.), and Dana Sensenig (Denver, Pa.), along with freshman Sami McLenegan (Middletown, Pa.) all earned NFHCA National Academic Squad status.

Farquhar becomes the fourth Lady Monarch in history to earn national academic honors every year of her career. A sports management/marketing major, Farquhar earned Second Team All-South and Second Team All-CAA honors in her final season with Old Dominion. The fourth-year midfielder finished the year with two goals, seven assists, and 11 points. She had a two-goal effort in ODU's 9-2 victory over conference rival Virginia Commonwealth and recorded two assists in wins over #20 Hofstra, Drexel, and Princeton.

Engle, a music education major, earns the national academic team honor for the third time. A First Team All-South and First Team All-CAA selection, she finished the 2004 campaign second on the Lady Monarch squad in points (21) having tallied 10 goals and an assist. She ranked eighth in the league in goals per game (0.48) and notched three game-winners, which included Drexel, Virginia Commonwealth, and Princeton. Engle had four multiple goal games and racked up a career-high five points in Old Dominion's 6-3 victory over #20 Hofstra. Defensively, Engle helped the Lady Monarchs to shutouts over #12 Richmond and Drexel.

Gordon, Old Dominion's netminder in fall 2004, was named to the national academic team for the third straight year. Gordon, who is majoring in English, played over 1,495 minutes in 21 games for the Lady Monarchs posting a 72.1 save percentage, a 2.25 goal against average, and stopping 124 shots on net. She ranked fourth in the CAA in saves per game, averaging 5.9 per contest.

Nichols, a physical education major with an emphasis in exercise science, picked up her second nod to the national academic team. The Virginia Beach, Virginia native, who played scholastically at nearby Salem High School, was the Lady Monarchs second leading scorer with 10 goals, 11 assists, and 31 points. She had multiple goal efforts in a 6-3 win over #20 Hofstra and against #4 Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Nichols was also a Second Team All-CAA selection.

Sensenig, a member of US Field Hockey's Under-21 team, picked up her second academic squad award. A Third Team All-American, First Team All-CAA, a First Team All-South Region, and CAA All-Tournament Team award winner, and a two-time CAA Player of the Week honoree, she led Old Dominion in points (43), assists (13), and goals (15) and topped the CAA charts in assists per game (0.62). Sensenig ended the season ranked second in goals per game (0.71) and points per game (2.05) in the conference. The second-year midfielder tallied three game-winners, which included conference rival Towson and James Madison along with an overtime goal against #4 Maryland. Sensenig is pursuing a degree in mathematics and appears on the academic team for the second year in a row.

McLenegan, an All-CAA Rookie selection in her first collegiate season, cracked the starting line-up making 15 starts in 21 games. Aiding the Lady Monarchs in a defensive role, McLenegan made two defensive saves, which included stops against CAA rival Virginia Commonwealth and #4 Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Old Dominion field hockey team concluded its 2004 season 13-8 overall and made its 24th straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament, the only school to participate in every single NCAA Tournament since 1981. The Lady Monarchs were ranked 12th in the final STX/NFHCA Coaches' Poll.