2006 All-ACC Women's Soccer Accolades Announced
Oct. 31, 2006
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The North Carolina Tar Heels, who enter this week's ACC Tournament winners of 18 matches in a row, finished as the regular season champions after posting an undefeated league mark in 2006. With that distinction, the Tar Heels led all schools with five honorees on this season's All-Conference teams. Florida State placed four members on the All-ACC teams, while Boston College, Clemson and Virginia each had three student-athletes selected. Duke and Wake Forest each had two selections, while Maryland and NC State had one apiece.
North Carolina and Wake Forest led all schools with three student-athletes each represented on the 2006 All-ACC Freshmen team. Duke garnered two freshman honorees, while Boston College, Clemson, Florida State and Virginia Tech rounded out the first-year team with one selection each.
North Carolina's Yael Averbuch was honored as the ACC Offensive Player of the Year. Averbuch, in her sophomore season with the Tar Heels, currently leads the team with 11 goals, six game-winners, and 27 points. The second-year midfielder leads the ACC in shots (89) and game-winning goals and is second in the league in goals scored and points. Averbuch, a native of Upper Montclair, N.J., finished the regular season with a goal in five straight league matches and six overall. She leads the North Carolina offensive attack that leads the ACC in shots (359), points (158), goals per game (2.58) and assists per game (3.16) this year.
Laura Georges of Boston College was tabbed ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2006. Georges leads a defensive unit that has posted seven shutouts on the season, including four in ACC play. In 2006, the Eagles have allowed a goal or less in 12 of 18 matches and have outscored the opposition 44-19. Georges, a senior from Versailles, France was one of five ACC student-athletes named to the M.A.C. Hermann Trophy preseason watch list this year.
Boston College's Gina DiMartino was selected as the ACC Freshman of the Year. In her first year with the Eagles, DiMartino is the team leader in goals (13), points (29), shots (56), shots on goal (36) and game-winning goals (4). In league play, the freshman forward tallied five goals, three of which went for game-winners. DiMartino currently leads the ACC in goals and points and is tied for third in game-winning goals. DiMartino, a native of Bethpage, N.Y., was named National and ACC Player of the Week back on October 24.
The Tar Heels' Anson Dorrance was named ACC Coach of the Year. Dorrance, in his 28th season with the Tar Heels, has led North Carolina to a nation-best 18-match win streak in 2006 and an undefeated record in ACC play for the 14th time in school history. Under the tutelage of Dorrance, North Carolina enters the conference tournament as the No. 1 seed for the 17th time in 19 years. The Tar Heels have been ranked in the top 10 all season in three national polls and as high as No. 1 by the NSCAA. This is Dorrance's ninth Coach of the Year accolade.
2006 All-ACC First Team
2006 All-ACC Second Team
2006 All-ACC Freshmen Team
2006 Offensive Player of the Year
2006 Defensive Player of the Year
2006 Freshman of the Year
2006 Coach of the Year