Kelly Named NEC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of The Year

Bridget Kelly was named the 2019 NEC Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year. (Photos: Steve McLaughlin)
Bridget Kelly was named the 2019 NEC Fall Scholar-Athlete of the Year. (Photos: Steve McLaughlin)

Sacred Heart University senior Bridget Kelly (South Windsor, Conn.) was named the Northeast Conference Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced this afternoon by the conference office. The award is presented annually to the top scholar-athlete in each NEC sponsored sport recognizing achievement in the classroom and on the playing field.

The NEC also announced its 2019 Fall Academic and Commissioner's Honor Roll honorees, with a record 1,108 student-athletes being honored with Academic Honor Roll for achieving a 3.2 or better grade point average. The Pioneers had a league-leading 143 student-athletes recognized for their academic success while competing as Division I student-athletes. SHU had 47 student-athletes earn Commissioner's Honor Roll recognition, posting cumulative GPA of 3.75 or higher

"Congratulations to our academic honorees, who are excelling in the classroom and their respective field of athletic competition," said SHU Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine. "To succeed as a true student-athlete takes hard work, dedication and discipline, and I am proud to be associated with such a group."

Kelly is an exercise science major at SHU, with a 3.77 GPA. A South Windsor High School graduate, led the nation in defensive saves, with 15. She started all 20 games for the Pioneers this fall, and tallied six points, with two goals and two assists. She was named First-Team All-NEC this season and Longstretch/NFHCA Division I All-Mideast Region Second Team.

"I am thrilled for Bridget to earn this accolade. that is a testament to her hard work and dedication on and off of the field," said Pioneers head field hockey coach Sydney van der Merwe. "She is excelling in a challenging academic field of study and I am proud of her success as a student-athlete at an elite level."

All scholar-athlete award winners must have earned a minimum of 60 semester hours at their institution, maintained a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.20 and participated with distinction as a member of a varsity team.

Along with the scholar-athletes, the NEC announced its Fall Academic Honor Roll, consisting of a record 1,108 student-athletes with a 3.20 or better grade point average. There were also a record 391 student-athletes named to the Commissioner's Honor Roll with a 3.75 or better grade point average.