Kinesiology major Sikalis named UMass Amherst Scholar-Athlete

December 16, 2013

From left: Assistant Director of Academic Services Peter Montague, Alexa Sikalis, UMass Field Hockey Head Coach Carla Tagliente, and Athletic Director John McCutcheon. (Photo courtesy of UMass Athletics Department)

Alexa Sikalis, Kinesiology ’14, recently won an award from the UMass Athletic Department for her academic and athletic achievements. Sikalis, a midfielder on the university’s field hockey team, won the UMass Fall Scholar-Athlete Award at a ceremony on campus earlier this month. The award recognizes junior and senior athletes who have excelled in their sport with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and above.

“Lex obviously had a standout year on the field, and her GPA is really outstanding so I think it was an easy decision for them. Her preparation and approach to excelling in the classroom is really exemplary, and she is very driven to do the best she can in whatever she is doing,” says Carla Tagliente, UMass Field Hockey Head Coach. Sikalis was also recently named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American team and finished second in the NCAA Division I for field hockey.

“I could not even express how happy I was when I found out I was going to receive this award. This was a true accomplishment as I have put a lot of hard work and dedication into both schoolwork and field hockey,” said Sikalis.

“Lex has had a tremendous career with the field hockey program.  Her skills are at a level on par with the very best players in the country. This season she played one of the most difficult and most demanding positions for us and she really thrived. She is relentless and driven and has the ability to change a game – when you combine all three of those things you have a special player on your hands,” adds Coach Tagliente.