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Merrimack Named Top Field Hockey School by APCA

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The Merrimack College field hockey team reeled in a historic team honor on Thursday after ranking first in the Association for the Protection of Collegiate Athletes’ (APCA) 2012 School Ranking Report for Field Hockey, as announced today.

Merrimack scored at the top of the 27-team Division II field with a score of 0.3665. Three Northeast-10 Conference schools occupied the top-five of the rankings, with Stonehill and Assumption slotted in second and third place, respectively.

“We’re thrilled to be receiving this honor for the first time,” head coach Anne Rounce noted. “It obviously is an enormous honor and we’d like to thank the committee for electing us as the top-rankd team in these rankings.

“Our program has worked very hard for the past six years, and to be where we are now from where we’ve come during that overhaul, it speaks volume to our student-athletes, our administration and the College. We’re excited to continue to grow, and I believe we have a great foundation to build off of for further success. We pride ourselves in recruiting good student-athletes and citizens, on and off the field.”

The goal of APCA Rankings Reports are:

  • To provide current and prospective student athletes interested in playing field hockey at the collegiate level with the athletic and academic information that student athletes believe should be considered when choosing a school
  • To encourage schools to adopt and emphasize policies that benefit and protect their student-athletes both on the field and in the classroom.

The APCA Ranking Report provides the most comprehensive, commercially independent comparison of collegiate athletic programs. It emphasizes factors that collegiate student athletes have identified as the most important: a strong academic program, a successful team record, diverse academic opportunities, university commitment to the athletic program, the ability to play in front of a crowd and during the postseason, and a sufficient athletic scholarship (when a scholarship is applicable).

The formula rewards programs that do not discriminate against student athletes. A program will receive a higher score if it allows student-athletes to take any academic major of their choosing, operates in accordance with NCAA policy, and does not impose additional restrictions on student-athletes who may want to transfer to another college or university.

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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