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Syracuse sweeps individual honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Syracuse, which finished the regular season with a perfect 16-0 record and is ranked No. 1 in the country, claimed all four individual Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey awards to lead the 2015 All-ACC Team.
Senior midfielder Alma Fenne was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and senior midfielder Alyssa Manley was recognized as ACC Defensive Player of the Year. Freshman defender Roos Weers was voted as the ACC Freshman of the Year, while Ange Bradley garnered ACC Coach of the Year accolades.
The All-ACC Team and the four individual awards are decided by a vote of the league’s seven head coaches.
It is the first time a team has swept the ACC Field Hockey individual awards since 1994, when North Carolina accomplished the feat.
Fenne finished the regular season tied for second in the league with 13 goals and fourth with 33 points. A native of Amsterdam, Netherlands, she garnered ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors twice this season, coming in back-to-back weeks in October. In conference play, she scored seven goals and tallied 15 points to lead the Orange.
Manley led a Syracuse defensive unit that only allowed 13 goals on the season to rank second in the nation and the best in the ACC. The Lititz, Pennsylvania, native also was fifth on the team with 15 points on four goals and seven assists.
A two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week in her rookie campaign, Weers posted 13 goals and 33 points to rank tied for second and fourth, respectively, in the league. A native of Bussum, Netherlands, Weers is the only freshman to earn First Team All-ACC honors.
Bradley led the Orange to the first undefeated regular season in program history and the first for any women’s team in school history. Syracuse has been ranked in the Top 5 of the NFHCA Poll the entire season, and has been ranked at No. 1 each of the past four weeks.
North Carolina’s Emily Wold earned her fourth career All-ACC honor, the 13th player in the 33-year history of ACC Field Hockey to be a four-time honoree.
Five more players earned their third career recognition: Duke’s Aileen Johnson and Lauren Blazing, North Carolina’s Nina Notman, and Syracuse’s Alyssa Manley and Emma Russell.
All seven of the league’s teams are represented on the All-ACC squads, led by seven student-athletes from top-ranked Syracuse. Duke and North Carolina had four players recognized, while two players apiece from Boston College, Louisville, Virginia, and Wake Forest garnered league accolades.
The 2015 ACC Field Hockey Championship gets underway Thursday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Thursday’s quarterfinals are scheduled for 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 4 p.m., and the semifinals will be at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday. The championship will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. All six games of the championship will be broadcast on RSN and ESPN3.
2015 ACC Field Hockey Individual Honors
Offensive Player of the Year – Alma Fenne, Syracuse
Defensive Player of the Year – Alyssa Manley, Syracuse
Freshman of the Year – Roos Weers, Syracuse
Coach of the Year – Ange Bradley, Syracuse
2015 All-ACC Field Hockey Teams
Aileen Johnson, Sr., M, Duke #
Lauren Blazing, Sr., GK, Duke #
Nina Notman, Sr., M, North Carolina #
Emily Wold, Sr., M, North Carolina %
Julia Young, Jr., D, North Carolina
Alyssa Manley, Sr., M, Syracuse #
Alma Fenne, Gr., M, Syracuse
Roos Weers, Fr., D, Syracuse
Tara Vittese, So., M, Virginia @
Lucy Hyams, Jr., F, Virginia @
Jess Newak, Sr., F, Wake Forest
Emily McCoy, Jr., M, Boston College
Romee Stiekema, Sr., M, Boston College @
Amanda Kim, Sr., D, Duke
Hannah Barreca, Sr., D, Duke
Elisa Garcia, Sr., D, Louisville
Nicole Woods, So., F, Louisville
Casey Di Nardo, Sr., F, North Carolina
Emma Russell, Sr., F, Syracuse #
Laura Hurff, So., M, Syracuse
Jess Jecko, Sr., GK, Syracuse
Jule Grashoff, Fr., F, Wake Forest
@ Two-time honoree, # Three-time honoree, % Four-time honoree