Over 960 student-athletes representing 76 schools were named to the 2017 Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.
For their outstanding performances in the classroom, freshman Emily Chen and freshman Daniella Schoenfeld were selected as 2017 Zag Field Hockey/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Scholars of Distinction.
With 80 percent of UC Davis field hockey's student-athletes earning a 3.0 grade point average or higher, the Aggies ranked second among the America East Conference's nine competing programs.
The Aggies will begin their run at the America East Conference Championship on Nov. 2 against No. 21 Albany at 1 p.m. (ET).
Chelsea Bigelow and Emily Chen both had record worthy performances during Saturday night's last regular season match against No. 18 Stanford.
2017: ZAG FIELD HOCKEY/NFHCA DIVISION I SCHOLAR OF DISTINCTION HONOREE… ALL-AMERICA EAST COMMISSIONER’S HONOR ROLL... NFHCA NATIONAL ACADEMIC SQUAD SELECTION… Competed in all 18 games, making 9 starts… Earned her first career start on Sept. 29 vs. California… Recorded her first career assist in the Aggies' season opener against Michigan State on Aug. 26… Forced overtime against America East Conference foe, California, thanks to her first ever goal as an Aggie on Oct. 20… One week later, her two-goal effort against No. 18 Stanford ranked her tied for second in the Division I era record books for goals in a single game… Finished the regular season co-leading the team in points (7) and goals (3), boasting a .429 shot percentage.SARATOGA HS '17: Four year field hockey letter winner and staple in the midfield... Her sophomore year, Chen was named Defensive MVP of the varsity team, All-Santa Clara Valley Athletic League Second Team and All-Central Coast Section Second Team... During her junior season, was named to the All-Santa Clara Valley Athletic League First Team, All-Mercury News First Team and the Central Coast Section Championship Team... Closed out her high school career by being selected all-league first team and All-Mercury News First Team for the second straight year... Was also awarded Most Inspirational Varsity Field Hockey Player and the Captain Award... led her team to second in the league and section semifinals her junior and senior year... A three-sport junior varsity athlete her freshman and sophomore years, playing soccer and lacrosse on top of field hockey... Four year soccer letter winner and was given the Captains Award for varsity soccer her senior year.... Academically, was a five-time Scholar of Distinction... Named to the 2017 Keith Waldman -- Optimal Performance Associates/NFHCA High School National Academic Squad... Additional academic accolades in 2017 include CIF Scholar-Athlete of the Year nominee, President' Education Award, Saratoga High School High Honors Award and AP Scholar with Honor.
PERSONAL: Born in Mountain View, Calif. ... Parents are Steven and Allison Chen... Her two siblings are Andrew and Caroline... Previously played four years with the Saratoga Impact Field Hockey Club Team which won second place in the 2017 Cal Cup's Women U19 Division.