The ACC Hot List: Thursday, May 6

May 6, 2010

  • A groundbreaking ceremony for the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Hall of Champions was held Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Scheduled to open in the March of 2011, the ACC Hall of Champions will celebrate past, present and future conference success through the design and use of sports interactive displays, unique member-school exhibits and multi-purpose program space. The exhibit space will feature a combination of content that will honor the accomplishments of ACC student-athletes and highlight the ACC’s “tradition of excellence” in both academic and athletic arenas.
  • After earning three spring ACC Championship titles, Virginia leads all schools this 2009-10 academic year with a school-best seven league championships. The Cavaliers field teams in both of the ACC Championships yet to be decided (softball and baseball). This also marks the third straight year that Virginia has earned six ACC titles.
  • Three ACC softball players earned 2010 Academic All-District honors as selected by CoSIDA. FSU senior Carly Wynn was named to the first team in District III, while North Carolina’s Stephanie Murad was a second-team pick in that district. Maryland’s Niki Lau was a second-team selection in District II.
  • Eight ACC baseball players were named to the 2010 Academic All-District teams as selected by CoSIDA. Maryland’s Michael Rozak was a first-team pick in District II, while four players were named to the first team in District III: Virginia’s Danny Hultzen, Georgia Tech’s Derek Dietrich and Tony Plagman and FSU’s James Ramsey. In addition, three players were named to the second-team in District III: Ben Rowen of Virginia Tech and Duke’s Jake Lemmerman and Will Piwnica-Worms.
  • The Maryland women’s golf team earned its first Team GPA Award at the school’s annual President’s Cup Brunch.
  • Duke’s Adam Long and Wake Forest’s Brendan Gielow are two of the six finalists for the Byron Nelson Award. Candidates for the Nelson Award must be a graduating senior and the selection committee considers equally a nominee’s entire collegiate academic and golf career and his character and integrity while in college. Particular consideration will be given to a nominee’s good citizenship, as portrayed by Mr. Byron Nelson over the course of his life and golf career.
  • The ACC boast five teams in the top 13 of the latest RPI published May 4 with seven teams in the top 30. Virginia has the league’s highest RPI at No. 4, followed by 8-Miami, 10-Florida State, 11-Georgia Tech, 13-Clemson, 23-Virginia Tech and 29-North Carolina.
  • Four players from ACC schools are among the 28 members of the official College World Series Legends Team announced by the NCAA and College World Series, Inc.as part of the commemoration of the final Series in Omaha’s Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. They include: Dustin Ackley, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1B, 2007-09; Nomar Garciaparra, Georgia Institute of Technology, SS, 1994; Pat Burrell, University of Miami, 3B, 1996-98; J.D. Drew, Florida State University, OF, 1995-96.
  • Seven ACC football players were honored as National Football Foundation Hampshire Scholars: Steve Aponavicius, Boston College; Sean Kitts, Duke; Vincent Rey, Duke; Zach Aronson, Florida State; Matt Pipho, Miami; Andy Barbee, NC State; and Ben Wooster, Wake Forest.
  • As of May 4, the 12 ACC schools have signed 18 of the nation’s top 100 men’s basketball prospects, including 11 of the top 50. The ACC also has seven of the nation’s top 25 classes (thru May 4 rankings): No. 2 North Carolina, No. 5 Duke, No. 8 Wake Forest, No. 12 Florida State, No. 14 NC State, No. 21 Maryland and No. 22 Virginia.
  • A dozen of the ACC’s best defensive players have been tabbed on the 2010 Lombardi Award Watch List: Allen Bailey, DE-DT, Miami; Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson; Bruce Carter, North Carolina; Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College; Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College; Rodney Hudson, G, Florida State; Nate Irving, LB, NC State; Luke Kuechley, LB, Boston College; Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina; Barquell Rivers, LB, Virginia Tech; Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina; and Alex Wuyciak, LB, Maryland.
  • For the second time in his career, Georgia Tech’s Paul Hewitt will serve as an assistant coach for the USA Men’s U18 National team, joining Oklahoma’s Jeff Capel, the head coach, and Buffalo’s Reggie Witherspoon, the other assistant coach, on the coaching staff of the 2010 USA team for the Men’s FIBA Americas Championship.
  • Former University of Miami men’s basketball player Will Allen has been selected by TIME Magazine as one of the world’s 100 most influential people for his work with his non-profit organization Growing Power. Growing Power is transforming the cultivation, production and delivery of healthy food to underserved, urban populations who have struggled with health problems such as obesity and diabetes due to limited access to safe and affordable fresh fruit and vegetables.
  • The Maryland vs. Duke match-up in the 2006 national championship game will be part of ESPN Classic’s Mother’s Day coverage. It will air Sunday, May 9 at 2 p.m. ET.
  • Top-ranked Virginia is the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Division I Men’s Tennis Championship for the third straight year and will be one of seven Atlantic Coast Conference teams competing for the national title when play begins on Friday, May 14. Duke freshman Henrique Cunha is the No. 1 overall seed and will be joined by 12 other Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes in the 2010 NCAA Men’s Tennis Singles Championships.
  • Georgia Tech’s Irina Falconi is the No. 1 seed for the upcoming NCAA Women’s Tennis Singles Championship and will be joined by 10 other Atlantic Coast Conference student-athletes in the 64-member field. Seven ACC teams will participate in the 2010 NCAA Women’s Tennis Championship: No. 2 seed North Carolina, No. 9 Clemson, No. 10 Duke, No. 11 Miami No. 14 Georgia Tech, No. 15 Florida State and Virginia. The six seeded teams will serve as host schools for the first and second rounds.
  • For the second consecutive week, five women’s teams are ranked among the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Top-25 poll. Virginia Tech is ranked fifth for the second straight week, and is followed by Clemson (seventh), Miami (13th), Florida State (15th), and North Carolina (24th).
  • The Florida State men’s squad, currently ranked ninth by the USTFCCCA, is one of nine NCAA Division I schools to have been ranked in the top-10 in all five polls this season.
  • Georgia Tech’s softball sweep of NC State secured its 17th straight ACC series win. The Yellow Jackets ended the regular season with a 19-2 ACC slate, a conference record for league wins in a season.
  • North Carolina 19th-year head coach Donna Papa tied former Florida State coach JoAnne Graf with an ACC record 128 conference wins. Her first league win of 2011 will move her into sole possession of the ACC lead. Graf replacement at FSU Lonni Alameda is already in the league’s top 10 for wins with an 83-30 mark in ACC games.
  • Georgia Tech won its second straight ACC men's golf title and fourth in the last five years with the victory… Jacket senior Chesson Hadley was individual medalist at 206, his second career tournament title… The second-place Cavaliers were led by the second-place individual junior Will Collins, his best career finish. Defending medalist Matt Hill of NC State finished third, while Duke and Wake Forest tied for third in the team standings.
  • Seven of nine ACC teams were selected to participate in the NCAA Regionals, May 6-8, which matches a record of seven ACC teams chosen in the 2006 and 2007 seasons. It also marks the fifth straight season six or more ACC teams have earned NCAA bids. The league’s regional assignments are as follows: East Regional—Duke (1), Wake Forest (3) and North Carolina (9); Central Regional—Florida State (8), NC State (19); West Regional—Virginia (5), Maryland (19).
  • Top-seeded Virginia won the 2010 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship with a 10-6 victory decided on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. The Cavaliers picked up the program’s sixth ACC crown and first since 2006. Virginia goalkeeper Adam Ghitelman earned tournament MVP honors.
  • Second-seeded Maryland won its second straight Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Championship by defeating top-seeded North Carolina, 10-5, at Ludwig Field in College Park, Md. on April 25. Maryland senior midfielder Caitlyn McFadden was selected the Most Valuable Player of the championship for the second consecutive year, this time unanimously, after tallying had four goals and three assists in two games. The Terps took over the nation’s No. 1 ranking in the IWLCA poll joined by No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Virginia, No. 5 Duke, No. 17 Boston College (17th).