A weekly list of notable accomplishments from around the Atlantic Coast Conference
Oct. 14, 2010
Senior Katie O’Donnell of the Maryland field hockey team was named the Women’s Sports Foundation’s Sportswoman of the Year award Tuesday night at the annual Salute to Women in Sports banquet at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York. O’Donnell and fellow Terrapin lacrosse player Caitlyn McFadden were two of the five finalists along with, USA Softball star Jennie Finch, Olympic hockey gold medalist Meghan Agosta, and Betsey Armstrong, goalkeeper for the U.S. Water Polo team.
ACC teams hold the top three spots in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. North Carolina is No. 1, followed by Maryland at No. 2 and Virginia at No. 3. All six league teams rank in the top 16.
The ACC leads the nation in touchdowns by return; having recorded 20 to date to outdistance the Pac-10 and Mid-American (19 each), the Big 12 (18) and the SEC (17). This year NC State leads all ACC schools with four returns for scores, including two on blocked punts.
Senior quarterback Joshua Nesbitt (Georgia Tech) leads the ACC in rushing (90.5 yards per game) at the season’s midway point. Nesbitt, who is 150 yards shy of becoming the most prolific rushing quarterback in ACC history, is attempting to become the first quarterback to lead the ACC in rushing.
Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Two ACC student athletes have been name finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Jason Herrick a men’s soccer player from Maryland and Ali Hawkins a women’s soccer player from North Carolina
Colleen Deegan (Maryland scored a timely goal in Maryland’s victories over ranked foes and earned NSCAA National Player of the Week honors for the week of Oct. 13. Deegan’s game-winning header with eight seconds showing gave the Terps a 2-1 win over No. 4 Boston College.
ACC teams continue to be well represented in the national polls. This week’s Soccer America Top 25 finds five ACC teams ranked among the top eight (North Carolina #2, Maryland #4, Boston College #6, Florida State #7 and Virginia #8). The #4 ranking matches Maryland’s highest effort. Virginia Tech re-entered the Soccer America rankings this week, tied for 25th.
With her goal against No. 22 Duke on Oct. 7, Miami senior Brittney Steinbruch became the most prolific point-scorer in school history – breaking a tie with Britney Butcher (2001-04). The Wyckoff, N.J., native now has 75 career points..
Jason Herrick scored two goals to lift No. 6 Maryland to a pair of wins against No. 2 Connecticut and Virginia Tech. Herrick, who was named a Lowe’s Senior CLASS finalist last week, played in 83 minutes in the Terps’ upset win against the Huskies before adding two goals in a 7-0 rout of league-foe Virginia Tech on Friday.
Four NC State freshmen were named to TopDrawerSoccer’s Top 100 Freshmen list. The Pack led all ACC teams with four selections, as midfielders Christopher Figueroa and Mamadou Kansaye and defenders Gbengha Makinde and Sonny Mukungu were all named.
Duke swept North Carolina Friday and is now the only team undefeated in conference play and is riding a seven-match win streak.