The ACC boasts seven teams ranked in the NSCAA Top 25 Poll, including five teams in the Top 9. Florida State remains No. 1 for the fourth consecutive week, while Boston College moved up to No. 4; Duke stands at No. 5, Virginia Tech at No. 8, Virginia at No. 9, Wake Forest at No. 13 and North Carolina at No. 18.
The ACC continues conference play this week with six teams in action on Thursday, Sept. 20, as No. 5 Duke hosts Maryland, No. 18 North Carolina plays its second home game of the season against No. 8 Virginia Tech and No. 4 Boston College travels to No. 13 Wake Forest. Action on Sunday, Sept. 23 will feature Virginia playing at Clemson, Wake Forest hosting Maryland and Boston College traveling to Virginia Tech.
Two ACC matchups will be televised this weekend including Virginia Tech at North Carolina and Virginia at Clemson. Both games will be available on ESPN3.
The ACC boasts three of the four teams in the nation that are currently undefeated. Boston College stands at 7-0-2, while Florida State and Virginia Tech enjoy unblemished records of 8-0-0 and 9-0-0, respectively. The Seminoles and Hokies are the only two teams in the nation that are unbeaten and untied.
At 8-0-0, Florida State is off to its best start in school history eclipsing the previous mark of 7-0-0 set in Mark Krikorian’s first season as head coach in 2005.
Florida State’s crowd of 2,300 for its match with No. 2/2 Duke was the second largest crowd in school history and the largest crowd to witness an ACC match in program history. It marked the second time this year that a crowd of over 2,200 was on hand to watch the top-ranked Seminoles in action at home.
After giving up two goals in the first seven minutes of the season opener at Minnesota, the Florida State defense has responded by giving up just one goal in the last seven matches, while posting shutouts over four ranked opponents including two in the top 10.
Virginia’s Carolina Miller became the first Cavalier in 16 years (Angela Hucles, 1996) to have multi-goal games against consecutive ACC opponents. Miller tied Angela Hucles’ school record with five career multi-goal games against ACC competition. Of Miller’s total eight career multi-goal games, four have come against top-10 opponents. Miller stands tied for ninth place on Virginia’s career goal list with 32 goals.
Boston College senior midfielder Kristen Mewis became the program’s all-time leading scorer with 96 career points following an excellent week of play where she totaled 11 points on five goals and one assist. She registered the first hat trick of her career in an 8-1 win over Harvard on Sept. 15. Mewis has either scored a goal or registered an assist in nine straight games this season.
Mewis owns the top point performance in conference play thus far this season with five points (2g, 1a) against Clemson on Sept. 14. She also owns the top overall point performance with six points (3g) against Harvard (Sept. 16) along with Duke’s Kim DeCesare who also tallied six points in a win against Elon (Aug. 19). Mewis is the only ACC student-athlete to register a hat trick.
Maryland defeated North Carolina, 2-1, on Sept. 14 to become the first team in history to defeat the Tar Heels in three consecutive seasons and just the second team in history to post three straight wins over North Carolina.