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North Carolina’s Major, Syracuse’s Weers, and Wake Forest’s Dahmen recognized
GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina’s Gab Major has been named the ACC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week, while Syracuse’s Roos Weers and Wake Forest’s Valerie Dahmen were selected as Co-Defensive Players of the Week.
Major posted 10 points to lead the Tar Heels to a 2-0 week with wins over No. 11 Boston College and Appalachian State. The sophomore forward from Royersford, Pennsylvania, scored her first career hat trick in the 5-0 win over the Eagles on Friday, notching all three goals within a span of 3:10 in the second half. On Sunday at the Mountaineers, she scored the first goal of the game and assisted on the second and fourth as UNC jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first half and went on to an 8-2 victory.
Weers anchored a Syracuse defense that allowed just two goals and 15 total shots against a pair of ranked teams, handing #4 Virginia its first loss, 3-1, on Friday and defeating #17 Boston, 5-1, on Sunday. Each opponent was held to its lowest offensive output of the year. In addition, the sophomore back from Bussum, Netherlands, tallied a career-high seven points and three goals in the Orange’s 5-1 win over Boston on Sunday. Weers and the ‘Cuse defense buckled down against Virginia in the second half, allowing just one shot after the intermission. The sophomore then recorded a hat trick on Sunday, scoring the first, third and fifth goals, and assisting on Emma Russell’s goal with a long cross-field stretch pass.
Dahmen led the Demon Deacons to a 2-0 week with her play in goal. On Friday, the senior goalkeeper from Duisburg, Germany, made 11 saves in a 2-1 win at No. 8 Louisville, including a stop on a penalty stroke in the final seconds of the game to preserve the victory. Of her 11 saves in the game, nine were made in the second half. Dahmen added two saves in the 2-1 win at Miami on Sunday. Her second half save came in the final seconds of the game as the Red Hawks were attempting to score the equalizer.