Mansfield's Kristyn Grunza earns place on prestigious PSAC Fall Top Ten
Mansfield University standout Kristyn Grunza has added to her impressive list of honors by earning a position as one of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Fall Top Ten Award recipients.
The announcement was made by the conference today following voting by the PSAC sports information directors.
The PSAC Top Ten Awards recognize the conference's most prominent student-athletes and are selected following the end of competition for the fall, winter and spring sport seasons. To be a candidate for the Top Ten Awards, a student-athlete must have achieved a minimum of a 3.50 cumulative grade point average and must be a starter or key reserve with legitimate athletic credentials. Just five male and five female student-athletes are selected to Top Ten honors.
A senior, Grunza has been one of the most highly decorated field hockey players in school history. One of the most respected players in NCAA Division II, she earned All-PSAC honors for the fourth time in her career this season, becoming just the second player in school history to accomplish that milestone.
Grunza was also named to 1st Team All-America honors by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association for the third straight-year, making her the first player in school history to earn collegiate field hockey's highest athletic honor three seasons in row.
Ranked among the PSAC and Division II leaders in assists and scoring this season, Grunza ends her stellar career with 100 points - second most in school history - while her 24 career assists are the third most by a Mountaineer.
A nursing major, Grunza has made incredible sacrifices in time and commitment over the past two years to continue playing field hockey including driving the round-trip from Mansfield's campus at the Guthrie Clinic in Sayre for practices and games.
A three-time PSAC and MU Presidential Scholar-Athlete, Grunza is also a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad honoree.
The selection qualifies Grunza for consideration for the PSAC's Pete Nevins Scholar-Athlete of the Year.