A weekly list of notable accomplishments from around the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Sept. 30, 2010
The ACC had four National Performers of the Week last week, they are: Nate Irving (N.C. State) - National Defensive Performer of the Week Tony Logan (Maryland) - National Punt Returner Performer of the Week Nate Irving (N.C. State) - National Linebacker Performer of the Week Raynard Horne (Virginia) - National Kickoff Returner Performer of the Week
In each year that the NCAA has released numbers on the APR, the ACC has led the nation in its football student athlete academic progress rate (APR), so it shouldn‘t come as a surprise that six of its current coaches rank among the nation’s top 10 in APR in numbers released by the NCAA last month and compiled and chronicled in an article by Brett McMurphy of AOL Fanhouse.
ACC Coaches, as a whole, led the nation in APR with a 964 rating followed by the Big Ten (956) and the Big East (952.7). Six ACC Coaches ranked among the nation’s Top 10 led by Clemson’s Dabo Swinney (3rd, 982), Georgia Tech’s Paul Johnson (5th, 980), Miami’s Randy Shannon (7th, 975), Virginia’s Mike London (974), Duke’s David Cutcliffe (Tied for 10th, 971) and Boston College’s Frank Spaziani (tied for 10th, 971). Additionally, Wake Forest’s Jim Grobe finished tied for 20th (967).
This Saturday, all five Atlantic Coast Conference games feature interdivisional match-ups with teams from the ACC’s Atlantic Division facing off with teams from the Coastal. Since the ACC began divisional play in the 2005 season, this has never happened. The Conference had four Coastal-Atlantic match-ups on back-to-back weekends in 2007 (Oct. 25-27 and Nov. 1-3), but never with five interdivisional games on the same weekend, much less on the same day.
Boston College sophomore midfielder Kristen Mewis has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Soccer Player of the Week after leading the Eagles to a pair of conference road wins. Mewis' strong efforts vaulted BC (9-0-1) to the No. 1 spot in this week's Soccer America and Top Drawer Soccer polls, which are program firsts. Mewis was named the National Primetime Player of the Week by CollegeSoccer360.com and earned a spot on Top Drawer Soccer's National Team of the Week.
Wake Forest freshman forwards Rachel Nuzzolese and Katie Stengel were named National Co-Players of the Week by TopDrawerSoccer for their performances against No. 14 Duke and Clemson last week in Demon Deacons’ first Atlantic Coast Conference games of the season.
The ACC remains strong in the College Soccer News’ Top 30 poll as the league owns six of the top 21 spots, including four of the top 10 positions. North Carolina is currently ranked No. 2, while reigning national champion Virginia, Duke and Maryland follow close behind at No. 4, No. 7 and No. 10, respectively. Boston College and Wake Forest make-up the remaining programs nationally ranked in the CSN poll.
Two league teams – North Carolina and Virginia – remain undefeated on the season ranking second and third in the nation, respectively. Maryland, which is currently the No. 1 team in the country, is 2-0 in conference play.
Men’s Ice Hockey
Boston College men's hockey, the 2010 NCAA champion, has earned the nation's No. 1 preseason ranking according to the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll released on Monday.
University of Maryland's tennis player Maros Horny's posted one of the biggest wins in school history by knocking off the top-ranked singles player in the nation. Horny downed Tennessee's John-Patrick Smith 7-6, 6-4 in the opening round in the A-1 draw.
Swimming and Diving
Masters diver John Conner was recently inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHF) at its annual ceremony. Conner was a member of the Duke swimming and diving team who graduated in 1951. A product of Falling Rock, W. Va., he was the first member of the Blue Devils swimming and diving program to earn All-America honors. As a freshman, Conner suffered only two losses on the season and was the undefeated Southern Conference champion his sophomore, junior and senior year.