May 5, 2015
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia freshman goalkeeper Rachel Vander Kolk was named the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year, as voted on by the league’s eight head coaches.
Vander Kolk has played every minute in goal for the Cavaliers this season, leading the ACC in saves per game (7.82), ranking second in total saves (133) and fifth with a 42.8 save percentage. The Severna Park, Maryland, native had one of the top-10 single-game performances in the nation this season with 18 saves in the Cavaliers 15-13 win at Boston College.
Vander Kolk is the seventh Cavalier to be named the ACC Freshman of the Year and the first since Brittany Kalkstein earned the honor in 2007.
Syracuse junior attacker Kayla Treanor was named the 2015 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year, Notre Dame senior defender Barbara Sullivan earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors while Syracuse’s Gary Gait is the 2015 ACC Coach of the Year.