The #4 Virginia Field Hockey team picked up three of the four top awards as the ACC announced their season accolades today. Fourth year Tara Vittese repeated as ACC Offensive Player of the Year as her teammate Pien Dicke was named ACC Freshman of the Year. UVA head coach Michele Madison earned ACC Coach of the Year for leading Virginia to a 15-3 overall record (5-1 ACC) and a regular season conference title.
Vittese is the two-time reigning NFHCA National Player of the Year and is the first ACC player to repeat ACC Offensive Player of the Year since Maryland’s Katie O’Donnell did it in 2009. She is the first Virginia player to repeat in the honor. In the regular season, Vittese scored 1.33 goals and 3.44 points per game, both good enough for second in the country (UConn’s Charlotte Veitner is first in both categories). Vittese led the ACC in goals (24), points (62), and assists (14) for the season.
Dicke, from Den Haag, Netherlands, had an impressive first year campaign with 21 goals and 48 points, good for second in the ACC behind her teammate. She is the third Wahoo - along with Lucy Hyams (2013) and Paige Selenski (2008) - to win the award since 2007.
Both Vittese and Dicke earned a spot on the All-ACC first team, with Vittese making her fourth appearance in four years on the team. Dicke is the lone freshman to make first team All-ACC this season.
Second year defender Dominique Van Slooten earned second team All-ACC honors.
The Hoos are the #1 seed in the upcoming ACC tournament and will face either Wake Forest or North Carolina Friday at noon. Games will be available online via ACC Network Extra.
Check out the full honors below.
2017 ACC Field Hockey Individual Honors
Offensive Player of the Year – Tara Vittese, Virginia
Defensive Player of the Year – Ashley Hoffman, North Carolina
Freshman of the Year – Pien Dicke, Virginia
Coach of the Year – Michele Madison, Virginia
2017 All-ACC Field Hockey Teams
Alyssa Chillano, Sr.,D, Duke @
Margaux Paolino, So., M, Duke
Nicole Woods, Sr., M, Louisville #
Ayeisha McFerran, Jr., GK, Louisville @
Eva van't Hoog, Jr., M, North Carolina @
Ashley Hoffman, Jr., D, North Carolina
Lies Lagerweij, Sr., D, Syracuse @
Pien Dicke, Fr., F, Virginia
Tara Vittese, Sr., M, Virginia %
Jule Grashoff, Jr., F, Wake Forest @
Nicola Pluta, So., F, Wake Forest @
Ymke Rose Gote, Jr., M, Boston College @
Frederique Haverhals, Jr., D, Boston College @
Rose Tynan, Jr., F, Duke
Alexa Mackintire, Sr., M, Duke
Sammi Steele, Jr., GK, Duke
Taylor Stone, Jr., D, Louisville
Minout Mink, So., F, Louisville @
Malin Evert, Jr., M, North Carolina @
Roos Weers, Jr., D, Syracuse #
Laura Hurff, Sr., M, Syracuse #
Dominique van Slooten, So., D, Virginia
@ Two-time honoree, # Three-time honoree, % Four-time honoree