Five Honesdale field hockey players were recently honored nationally for their academic achievements.

After one of the most successful seasons in school history, it's no wonder that the awards and accolades just keep rolling in.

Honesdale's varsity field hockey team re-wrote the record books this past fall en route to a berth in the District Two title tilt.

The Lady Hornets came up a bit short in the Class AAA championship game, but still walked away with silver medals and a lifetime of memories.

Ever since that fateful night in Plymouth, players have been raking in awards at the local, state and regional levels.

Now, the Red & Black are going 'national.'

According to Coach Becca Maciejewski, five Lady Hornets have been recognized as elite student/ athletes for their efforts on the field and in the classroom.

"I'm very happy to announce that five of our girls have made the 2012 Gladiator by SGI NFHCA High School National Academic All-American Squad," she said.

This award recognizes seniors who have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher throughout their high school athletic careers.

Nicole Cush, Mychaela Johannes, Bridget McVeigh, Mary Martin and Kate Pfeil all made the cut.

"It's one of the top field hockey honors an athlete can receive at the high school level," said Coach Maciejewski. "I'm very proud of them."

Crafty Keeper

Senior Nicole Cush has only been goalkeeping for two years.

However, in that short time, she's evolved into one of the best goalies in Hornet hockey history.

Cush was the recipient of the 2012 Team Player Award. She holds the school record for most keeper saves in a season (234) and most shutouts in a season (9).

Nicole was also the goalkeeper for The Queen Bees (Honesdale-based club team) that qualified for and competed as one of the top indoor teams in the country.

Cush was named to the 2012 WVC Coaches All-Star Team as a first team selection.

She has been recruited to play at Mansfield next fall, and has accepted an athletic scholarship.

Most Versatile

Mickey Johannes served as a 2-year team captain for the Hornets.

She has received Best Midfield Player, Best Defensive Player, Most Versatile Player and Players Award over her varsity career.

Johannes holds many all-time school records and was a key player for the Queen Bees National Indoor Team.

In fact, she scored the game-winning goal to qualify the team for the national tournament.

Johannes was named to the 2012 WVC Coaches All-Star Team.

Mickey has been recruited to play field hockey at the collegiate level for Misericordia University in the fall.

Clutch Player

Bridget McVeigh was a versatile relief player in the Lady Hornet line-up.

She began her hockey career as a forward, but evolved into a smart defender who made key plays in Honesdale's 2012 District Finals run.

Bridget was a Best Offensive Player Award winner in 2011 for the JV Team. She scored five goals in varsity action this fall, contributing to the all-time team record of 73.

McVeigh plans on attending medical school in the fall.

The Cornerstone

Mary Martin served a 2-year team captain.

She has received Rookie of the Year, Underclassmen Academic Achievement, Senior Academic Achievement and Best Offensive Player Award in her playing career.

She holds also holds many all-time Honesdale records, including career assists (27) and single season assists (16)

Martin came up just one goal shy of the single season scoring record. Nary hammered home 22 goals this past fall, one shy of Brooke Henderson's mark which has stood since '01.

Mary scored the game winning goal to send the Lady Hornets into the D-2 finals for the first time. This goal resulted in a 15th win of the season, which is another school record.

Martin was also a key part of the Queen Bees.

She was a First Team All-Star selection in the WVC.

Martin was an offensive force in the WVC this year, finishing among the top three scorers.

Mary plans to continue her athletic career in college. She will attend Dickinson University on a full athletic scholarship to play basketball.

Defensive Star

Kate Pfeil served as a team captain as a senior.

Over the course of her varsity career, Pfeil has earned the Coaches Award and was named the MVP of the 2012 team.

She holds school records for single season defensive saves (45) and career defensive saves (70).

Kate was an essential, contributing member of the Queen Bees. She was also a First Team All-Star selection in the WVC.

Pfeil has been recruited to play field hockey for Mansfield in the fall, and has accepted an athletic scholarship to play there.