The University of Louisville placed four field hockey players on the 2015 All-ACC Academic Team as announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford on Monday. Senior co-captains Elisa Garcia and Victoria Stratton and juniors Lotta Kahlert and Erin McCrudden earned the academic honor for the Cardinals.

Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career for undergraduate students. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.

Garcia, a senior midfielder from Santiago, Chile, is making her second appearance on the All-ACC Academic team. The marketing major earned 2015 All-ACC second team honors after leading the Cardinals with eight assists and tied for second on the team with 16 points. The three-time Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-Region selection finished her career ranked third on Louisville’s all-time list for career assists.

Stratton, a senior defender from Auckland New Zealand, was selected to the 2015 Longstreth/NFHCA All-America third team and All-West Region selection. The Human Health and Performance major helped anchor the Cardinals’ defense to nine shutouts on the season – one shy of the school record. As a senior, she scored four goals and added one assist for nine points.

Kahlert, a junior midfielder/forward from Hamburg, Germany, is making her second appearance on the ACC All-Academic squad. The Sport Administration/Human Health & Performance major started all 20 games and scored three goals, all game-winners and registered three assists for 16 points on the season.

McCrudden, a junior midfielder from Putnam Valley, N.Y., was an 2015 NFHCA All-West Region Team selection. The Human Health & Performance major played in all 20 games with 18 starts and scored three goals and dished out three assists while helping Louisville’s defense to nine shutouts on the season.

The Cardinals finished the 2015 campaign with a 13-7 overall record and made their second-straight NCAA appearance. Louisville was ranked No. 11 in the final Penn Monto/NFHCA National Coaches Poll released on Nov. 10 and spent seven weeks among the top 10 in the nation after opening the 2015 season at No. 12.

Lori Korte

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