From U of L SID
The University of Louisville placed four players on the 2017 Field Hockey All-Atlantic Coast Conference Teams as announced by ACC Commissioner John Swofford Wednesday. Senior Nicole Woods and junior Ayeisha McFerran were selected to the first team while junior Taylor Stone and sophomore Minout Mink earned second team honors.
Woods earns her third straight all-conference nod after being named to the second team in 2015 and 2016. The midfielder/forward from Beverly, Mass., is tied for third on the team with six goals and 18 points. The 2017 team co-captain and four-year starter has earned NFHCA All-West Region honors the past two seasons and was recently named to the NFHCA Senior Game roster. She is also a member of USA Field Hockey’s women’s national team.
McFerran, a junior goalkeeper from Larne, Northern Ireland, is making her second straight All-ACC team appearance after earning preseason all-conference honors. The two-time NFHCA All-America selection missed the first three games of the season, but went on to post an 8-5 record and a 1.94 goals against average. She earned ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sept. 26.
Stone, a junior from Herndon, Va., earns her first All-ACC appearance while in the midst of a career-best season. The defender has scored seven goals and dished out an assist for 15 points. She has converted four of five penalty stroke attempts and scored the game-winning goal against Syracuse and North Carolina. She garnered ACC Defensive Player of the Week, Longstreth NFHCA National Defensive Player of the Week and Synapse National Defensive Player of the Week earlier this season. Stone was also named to USA Field Hockey’s Under 21 team in 2017.
Mink, a sophomore forward from Haaksbergen, The Netherlands, is making her second consecutive showing on the All-ACC second team. The all-ACC preseason selection leads the Cardinals with nine goals and 21 points and has collected four game-winning goals, two against ranked opponents Boston College and Delaware.
The No. 10-ranked Cardinals enter the ACC Championship with a 12-6 overall record and a 4-2 mark in ACC play – the most conference wins since joining the league in 2014. After finishing the regular season tied for second with Duke, the Cardinals were seeded third and will take on sixth-seeded Syracuse in the quarterfinals on Thursday, Nov. 2 at 4 p.m. at Louisville’s Trager Stadium.