GREENSBORO, N.C. – Louisville’s Nicole Woods has been named ACC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week, while Duke’s Sammi Steele was named Defensive Player of the Week.
Woods helped lead the Cardinals to a pair of ranked wins over the weekend with two goals and a pair of assists. The junior dished out an assist to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead against No. 9 Virginia, and helped direct an attack which would eventually lead to a 3-2 overtime win. On Sunday, the junior from Beverly, Massachusetts, registered a pair of goals and an assist as Louisville defeated No. 17 James Madison, 4-2.
Steele anchored a strong defensive performance in Saturday’s 3-0 shutout of fourth-ranked North Carolina, helping Duke earn its first ACC regular season title in program history. The redshirt freshman goalkeeper from Eagleville, Pennsylvania, totaled eight saves, including six in the second half, to keep North Carolina off the board on 11 shots and four penalty corner attempts. She came out of the cage to cut off a dangerous opportunity late in the first period, setting up the Blue Devils’ second tally. Steele also make several diving stops in the second half to prevent a North Carolina rally. She collected her fourth shutout of the season and first against an ACC opponent, with this one coming against a Tar Heel squad that entered the contest averaging 3.5 goals per game.