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Two Student-Athletes Earn PSAC Fall Top Ten Awards

Written by David Leisering, Interim Sports Information Director

LOCK HAVEN, Pa. – Two Bloomsburg University student-athletes, senior Sam Peters (Harrisburg, Pa./Mifflin County) of field hockey and senior Josh Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Mechanicsburg) of men’s soccer, have been named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Fall Top 10 Team as chosen by the league’s sports information directors. The PSAC Top 10 Awards are designed to recognize ten student-athletes (five female and five male) each season who excel in both the classroom and is athletic competition.

Peters was a Longstreth/NFHCA (National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association) Division II First Team All-American and was a PSAC First Team selection in 2016. She has a 3.94 cumulative GPA while majoring in nursing.

Peters led the Huskies in scoring with twelve goals and two assists for 26 points. She established career-highs in both goals and points and, prior to the start of the postseason tournament, was second in the PSAC in goals and was tied for third in points. She was also tied for second in the conference in game-winning goals with four. Peters also led the team in shots on goal (27) and was tied for the team lead in shot attempts with 40.

An All-PSAC Third Team selection in 2015, Peters also earned the PSAC Champion Scholar-Athlete Award in 2015 prior to the conference semifinals. She has been a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Scholar of Distinction in each of her first three seasons and concluded her collegiate career with 27 goals and eight assists for 62 points.

Smith was also a Fall Top 10 Award winner in 2015 and has earned Division II First Team CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Academic All-American® status in each of the last two seasons. He became the second men’s soccer player in the last five years to earn back-to-back First Team CoSIDA Academic All-America® honors joining Bryce Schaffer in 2011 and 2012. Smith has a 3.99 cumulative GPA while majoring in exercise science.

The senior started and played in 17 games this year for the Huskies and scored one goal from his defender position. For his career, he scored five goals and assisted on four others. He appeared in 75 career matches with 71 starts.

Smith, like Peters, earned the PSAC Champion Scholar-Athlete Award in 2015 prior to the conference semifinals. He was also recognized for having the highest GPA among graduates of the College of Science and Technology at the fall commencement ceremonies last month.

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