Morris, Vittese, and Hoffman Earn ACC Weekly Honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke’s Heather Morris and Virginia’s Tara Vittese have been named the ACC Field Hockey Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while North Carolina’s Ashley Hoffman was named the Defensive Player of the Week.
Morris guided the Blue Devils to a pair of ranked wins, tallying the game winner in both contests over the weekend. The senior forward from Pottstown, Pennsylvania, found the back of the cage twice in a balanced offensive effort against No. 15 Boston College and added an assist on the first goal of the game just three minutes in. Duke’s six goals in the 6-2 victory marked the most for the program in a regular season ACC game since 2003. On Sunday, Morris propelled the squad past No. 13 Boston University, firing the game winner in the 69th minute. She took a feed from Robin Blazing on the corner play and went top shelf to put the Blue Devils in front for good. With 11 goals on the season, Morris has matched her career high and moved into the top 20 on the program’s all-time career goals list.
Vittese helped lead the Cavaliers to a pair of victories over ranked opponents over the weekend. The junior midfielder from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, scored off a penalty corner in the 4-2 win over No. 16 Wake Forest, while also sending in a perfect pass to Lucy Hyams to give the Cavaliers their third and fourth goals of that game. Against No. 14 Old Dominion, Vittese’s play in the midfield helped stifle the ODU attack. Offensively, she sent a long cross through the circle that was deflected in by Riley Tata for the Cavaliers’ first goal and then converted a penalty stroke in the second half to give the Cavaliers a 2-0 victory.
Hoffman scored a goal, added two assists and played a key role on defense as the Tar Heels beat No. 9 Michigan 5-1 Sunday, avenging a season-opening 1-0 loss to the Wolverines. The sophomore back from Mohnton, Pennsylvania, assisted on the game-tying and game-winning goals, both on penalty corners, after UNC fell behind 1-0 early in the game. In the 60th minute, she scored her first goal of the fall on another corner, one of four on which UNC scored during the game.