MADISON, NJ — Representing Madison Field Hockey, Maddie Farrell, Maddie Stein, Sage Geyer, and Elizabeth Romano were honored as part of the Keith Waldman - Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad for the 2016 season.
The National Academic Squad program acknowledges those high school seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, un-weighted GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0 or the equivalent through the first quarter of the 2016-17 school year. There were a total of 2,522 honorees on this year’s squad coming from the 328 schools.
“Achieving these honors is of great importance to me because as a student athlete who works hard, both on and off the field, it's nice to have something to show that your work is paying off,” Romano said. “School is obviously really important and it's good to have something showing my dedication to my academic success."
Romano, who was named to the All-New Jersey Region Team, will be continuing her athletic and academic career at the University of Connecticut.
“I really couldn’t have achieved this without the help of the coaches and teachers,” Stein said. “They’re all so understanding and supportive through the whole season."
Stein, who is a key defender for the Dodgers, has aspirations to become an Athletic Trainer one day. She is still deciding if she wants to play field hockey in college.
Another key defender for Madison, Maddie Farrell, is proud to be able to share this moment with her teammates. “It’s really cool to be able to celebrate this moment with three other players on the team,” Farrell said. “We all work so hard and it’s awesome to see teammates accomplishing the same goals."
Geyer, who is considered to be one of the most improved players on the season, scored six goals and recorded nine assists, after having two goals and one assist the year before.
"Junior year is a difficult year coursework wise and I have to work hard to keep up with school work and extra curricular activities," Geyer said. "The fall was particularly hard being in season with high school field hockey while also playing club field hockey in preparation for a Thanksgiving tournament. Sometimes it means late nights, but in the end it is worth it."
The Dodgers will look to have another great season, reaching the Morris County Finals and North 2, Group 1 State Championship this year.