Nov. 5, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Three Virginia field hockey players were honored on Wednesday (Nov. 5) as part of the 2014 Field Hockey All-ACC Team, as announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. The accolades are voted on by the league’s seven head coaches.
Freshman midfielder Tara Vittese (Cherry Hill, N.J.), the first-ever Virginia freshman to earn preseason All-ACC honors, was voted to the All-ACC First Team. Sophomore striker Caleigh Foust (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) and senior midfielder Kelsey LeBlanc (Haverford, Pa.) were both named to the second team.
Vittese leads the ACC in points (51), points per game (2.68), goals (17), shots (80) and shots per game (4.21) as well as being tied for first in assists (17) and ranking second in goals per game (0.89) and assists per game (0.89). Her 51 points are 18 more than Syracuse’s Lieke Visser, who ranks second in the conference and her 17 goals are four more than the next closest ACC player. Nationally, Vittese ranks in the top-10 in points per game (4th), assists per game (7th) and goals per game (8th).
Foust earned her first-career All-ACC honor when she was named to the second team. Foust is tied for second in the ACC with 13 goals. Foust has scored three game-winning goals this season, all of which came in overtime victories over Louisville, Rutgers and Albany. Foust scored two of Virginia’s three goals at Boston College two weeks ago.
LeBlanc also was named to the second team, her first career All-ACC accolade. LeBlanc, who has played as a defensive midfielder in every game this season, scored her lone goal of the year in the victory at No. 1 North Carolina.
The Cavaliers will be the No. 1 seed at the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championships, being held at Duke University’s Jack Katz Stadium in Durham, N.C., on Thursday, Nov. 6, Friday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 9. Single-session tickets are available for $5 for adults and $3 for youth, and all-session tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for youth. Students from an ACC school can enter for free with valid student identification.
2014 All-ACC Field Hockey Teams
Emma Plasteras#, Sr., M, Boston College
Lauren Blazing@, Sr., GK, Duke
Aileen Johnson@, Jr., M, Duke
Alyssa Voelmle, Sr., D, Louisville
Charlotte Craddock#, Sr., F, North Carolina
Nina Notman@, Jr., M, North Carolina
Samantha Travers, Sr., D, North Carolina
Emily Wold#, Jr., M, North Carolina
Emma Russell@, Jr., F, Syracuse
Tara Vittese, Fr., M, Virginia
Anna Kozniuk%, Sr., D, Wake Forest
Leah Settipane, Jr., GK, Boston College
Romee Stiekema, Jr., M, Boston College
Abby Beltrani, Sr., M, Duke
Paige Monsen, Sr., M, Louisville
Emma Bozek, Jr., M, North Carolina
Loren Shealy, Sr., F, North Carolina
Alyssa Manley@, Jr., M, Syracuse
Lieke Visser, Fr., F, Syracuse
Caleigh Foust, So., F, Virginia
Kelsey LeBlanc, Sr., M, Virginia
Christine Conroe@, Sr., M, Wake Forest
Georgia Holland, Gr., D, Wake Forest
@ Two-time honoree, # Three-time honoree, % Four-time honoree