NFHCA names Duke University’s McVeigh 2023 Division I National Scholar-Athlete

Feb 26, 2024 | 2023-2024, Division I, News

Photo Credit: Duke University

MANAHAWKIN, NJ — Alaina McVeigh, a sophomore midfielder/forward from Duke University, has been named this year’s NFHCA Division I National Scholar-Athlete.

The NFHCA National Scholar-Athlete honor is presented annually to the Division I All-American who earns the highest cumulative grade-point average through the first semester of the current academic year.

McVeigh maintained an exceptional 3.95 grade point average while excelling on the pitch for the 18-5 Blue Devils, helping to lead Duke to the NCAA Division I Final Four. Starting all 23 games, she netted 17 goals to go along with three assists this past season.

In addition to being named an NFHCA Division I All-American, McVeigh also earned honors as ACC Co-Offensive Player of the Year, All-ACC First Team, and NFHCA All-South Region First Team. She was also named to the All-ACC Academic Team, an NFHCA Scholar of Distinction, and a member of the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad.

McVeigh is the second Duke University student-athlete to receive the Scholar-Athlete award.  Lauren Blazing from Duke was honored in 2015.

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) is a nonprofit organization serving field hockey coaches and supporters of the game from across the United States. The mission of the organization is to stimulate the professional development of coaching leadership within the sport of field hockey. The NFHCA strives to cultivate and recognize the professional contributions of its membership and to foster and promote the growth of the sport. The NFHCA is responsible for providing a recognizable presence and voice in regard to legislation affecting the sport as well as interscholastic and intercollegiate programs.