McFerran, Stone Selected to Preseason All-ACC Team; Cards Picked to Finish Third

From U of L SID

The University of Louisville was picked to finish third in the 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Championship, according to a vote of the league’s seven head coaches. Seniors Ayeisha McFerran and Taylor Stone were also named to the Preseason All-ACC Team.

Defending ACC champion and 2017 NCAA semifinalist North Carolina was the preseason favorite, receiving 48 points and six first place votes. Duke stood second with 39 points while the Cardinals followed closely with 34 points and one first place vote.  Syracuse and Virginia tied for fourth-place with 23 points each while Boston College (16) was sixth and Wake Forest seventh with 13 points.

McFerran is making her third appearance on the Preseason All-ACC Team. The three-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-American, all All-West Region and All-ACC selection cemented her status as one of the nation’s top goalkeepers when she collected a career-high 18 saves and turned in another brilliant shootout performance to hold off Duke in the semifinals of the ACC Championship.

The Larne, Northern Ireland native was recently named Goalkeeper of the Tournament after helping Ireland to a silver medal in the 2018 World Cup.

Stone (Herndon, Va.) is making her first appearance on the Preseason All-ACC Team. The 2017 NFHCA All-America, All-West Region and All-ACC honoree is coming off of a career-best season after tallying seven goals and dishing out three assists. She converted four of five penalty stroke attempts and scored the game-winning goal against Syracuse and North Carolina.

The midfielder/defender garnered ACC Defensive Player of the Week, NFHCA National Defensive Player of the Week and Synapse National Defensive Player of the Week for her performances. Stone is a member of USA Field Hockey National Development Squad.

About Louisville
UofL will open the 2018 season at Indiana on August 24 and will play host to Ohio State on August 26 at Trager Stadium at 1 p.m.

The Cards finished the 2017 season with a 14-8 overall record after earning their fourth straight NCAA tournament appearance and posting a runner-up finish in the ACC championship. UofL also posted a 4-2 record in ACC play – the most wins since joining the conference in 2014 – and finished tied for second in the regular season standings. Louisville was ranked No. 8 in the final National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association poll after being ranked in the top 10 for six weeks in 2017.

About the ACC
ACC teams have won 18 of the 37 NCAA field hockey titles, including 11 of the last 16, and at least one ACC squad has advanced to the national championship game in 18 of the last 19 years. Six ACC teams earned bids to the 2017 NCAA Championship and all seven finished the 2017 season ranked in the top 15 nationally.

2018 ACC Field Hockey Predicted Order of Finish:
1. North Carolina (6) – 48
2. Duke – 39
3. Louisville (1) – 34
T4. Syracuse – 23
T4. Virginia – 23
6. – Boston College – 16
7. – Wake Forest – 13
(First-place votes)

2018 Preseason All-ACC Field Hockey Team:
Frederique Haverals, Sr., B, Boston College
Margaux Paolino, Jr., F/M, Duke
Rose Tynan, Sr., F, Duke
Taylor Stone, Sr., M, Louisville
Malin Evert, Sr., M, North Carolina
Ashley Hoffman, Sr., B, North Carolina
Erin Matson, Fr., F, North Carolina
Eva van’t Hoog, Sr., M, North Carolina
Ayeisha McFerran, Sr., G, Louisville
Roos Weers, Sr., B/M, Syracuse
Jule Grashoff, Sr., F, Wake Forest