MANCHESTER, N.H. – Three student-athletes on the nationally-ranked Saint Anselm College field hockey team, including one who helped Belfast Area High School continue its annual Maine stick prominence during her four years as a Lion, have been selected as National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association Division II Scholars of Distinction.

Sarah Woods, a freshman scholarship athlete on the Hawk squad, joined teammates Jackie Gaumer (senior, Thornton, N.H.) and Chloe Kapsambelis (freshman, Merrimack, N.H.) as the team’s honorees.

Sarah Woods of Saint Anselm College. Photo courtesy of Jim Stankiewicz

The Hawk trio is among more than 150 student-athletes across National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II field hockey who achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.9 or higher through the first semester of the 2021-22 academic year.

Gaumer became the first student-athlete in team history to be named to the Scholars of Distinction list on four occasions (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). Kapsambelis and Woods are the fourth and fifth student-athletes to represent Saint Anselm on the roster.

The former Lion, a 5-foot 3-inch back, played 13 of 19 games for the Hawks, who finished 14-5 overall, including 11-3 in the conference and 9-1 at home.

Saint Anselm lost 1-0 to Pace University of Westchester County, N.Y. in the Northeast-10 championship.

Woods, a 2021 BAHS graduate, played field hockey and tennis for the Lions. She was a most valuable player and captain. She is a member of the Maine Majestix Field Hockey Academy and two-time selection of the USA Field Hockey Futures Team.

Academically at BAHS, Woods was a member of the National Honor Society and made the honor roll each quarter. She also was a three-year member of the student senate.

The daughter of Joseph and Susan Woods, the young woman is a nursing major.

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