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Maryland’s Witmer, McEvoy, Meharg, and Virginia’s Hyams earn recognition
Maryland senior forward Jill Witmer and senior defender Ali McEvoy have been recognized as Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Players of the Year, announced Monday by the league.
Witmer was voted as the Offensive Player of the Year and McEvoy as the Defensive Player of the Year in a poll of the league’s seven head coaches. Virginia’s Lucy Hyams received Freshman of the Year honors and Maryland’s Missy Meharg was named the Coach of the Year.
A native of Lancaster, Pa., Witmer finished second in the league in points and goals despite missing three games while competing with the USA National Team in the the Pan American Games in September. Witmer notched her league-leading seventh game-winning score in the ACC Championship Game and was named as the ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player. A four-time All-ACC honoree, she is the first Terrapin to garner ACC Offensive Player of the Year accolades since Katie O’Donnell won the award four times between 2007-10.
McEvoy led a Maryland defensive unit that ranks seventh in the country with an average of 1.13 goals allowed and posted seven shutouts during the season. A native of Gilbertsville, Pa., McEvoy was named to the All-ACC First Team and was selected to the ACC All-Tournament Team. She is the first Terrapin to win the award since Emma Thomas in 2009.
The first Cavalier to be named ACC Freshman of the Year since Paige Selenski in 2008, Hyams started 19 times and played in all 20 of the Cavaliers’ games this season. A midfielder from Whitstable, Kent, England, Hyams finished the regular season ranked in the top 10 in the league in assists and assists per game.
Meharg led Maryland to a 20-1 record, a perfect 6-0 mark in conference play, and the 10th ACC Championship in program history. The Terrapins, who never dropped below No. 2 in the nation and have held the top spot since Oct. 1, earned the No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament in their 19th consecutive postseason appearance. It is the seventh ACC Coach of the Year honor for Meharg.