CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia field hockey freshman back Cato Geusgens (Wassenaar, Netherlands) has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week in honors announced on Tuesday (Oct. 15) by the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Geusgens played pivotal role in a weekend road trip that saw the No. 9 Cavaliers post a key ACC win at No. 5 Louisville and add a shutout victory at Miami (Ohio).
After helping Virginia limit Louisville to just one goal and four shots on goal in Friday’s 2-1 win, Geusgens did it all for the Cavaliers in Sunday’s game at Miami. The Netherlands native led a backline defense that did not allow the Redhawks to take a single shot and did not yield a penalty corner. She also scored Virginia’s lone goal in the 1-0 victory on a hard strike off an offensive penalty corner.
Geusgens was also named the national NCAA Division I Rookie of the Week by Synapse Sports.

This is the first player of the week honor for Geusgens. This is the second time this season a Cavalier has earned the conference’s weekly accolade as redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Hausheer (West Windsor, N.J.) was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 17.