The Leopards joined more than 1,370 field hockey players recognized for their academic excellence in the past semester. Lafayette is one of 80 institutions honored by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) and awarded 14 Lafayette field hockey players for their academic achievements. Announced last Tuesday, players needed a GPA of 3.3 or higher to receive the award.
NFHCA is a non-profit organization that supports coaching leadership and works to positively develop the field hockey community. Senior striker Alix Talkow’s academics translate to his leadership and positive mindset on the pitch.
“Academics apply themselves to leadership by creating a well-rounded mindset and understanding of different subjects,” Talkow wrote in an email. “The projects and activities done in a classroom also translate into sport and life by facilitating a work environment with people with different skills and interests.”
First-year defenders/midfielders Alex Darrah and Lineke Spaans and Midfielder Laine Delmotte was also honored within the national academic team.
Year two winners were defense and striker Carly Kreytak and forward Alexandra Conway.
The junior class contributed the most awards, including defender and midfielder Shea Baldersonforward Tara Hamilton and Felicitas Hannes and defenders Sydney Woolston and Simone Hefting.
“It is an honor to be named to the NFHCA National Academic Team,” Hefting wrote in an email.
Hefting is an international business (IA) major, and his toughest course last fall was AI Research Methods.
“This course was paced and required a high level of participation at all times. Additionally, it challenged me to create my own research proposal as clear and concise as possible,” Hefting wrote. “Although it was stressful at times, it was ultimately the most informative and helpful course I took in Lafayette.”
Hefting’s study routine does not change in the rigor of field hockey season versus off-season. Regardless of the schedule, Hefting completes her work as soon as she receives assignments.
“I think I’m a good planner. I can manage everything pretty well in my head, which helps me allocate time for my schoolwork,” Hefting wrote. “I also have an idea of how much time to spend on each class, so I know how to focus on the ones that take the most time.”
Senior midfield and defense Kara Tiedtke, goalie Becca Harbert and forwards Molly McAndrew and Talkow also received awards.
This isn’t the first time Talkow has received an academic award, as she was named alongside Hannes as a member of the Patriot League’s All-League Academic Team last fall. The academics seem to translate into other areas of Talkow’s life, helping him engage and better understand the world and achieve the goals of the NFHCA.
“I believe that academics help lay the groundwork to be able to challenge the status quo,” Talkow wrote. “Learning is so important, and academics in particular have helped me explore new and interesting topics.”
Next year, Talkow plans to work for UBS Investment Bank in their wealth management division.
“I am excited to begin this next step and apply the knowledge I have gained through school and sport in a new setting,” Talkow wrote. “I believe there is a huge connection between sports and academics that will help me succeed after graduation.”