2014 ACC CHAMPIONS: Deacons Beat Syracuse 2-0
Nov. 9, 2014
By Jay Garneau, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeHockey)
DURHAM, N.C. - Wake Forest field hockey defeated Syracuse 2-0 to claim its fourth ACC Championship - its first since 2006 - at Jack Katz Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
The victory gives Wake Forest its first ACC team title since women's soccer in 2010, and is the athletic department's 47th all-time team ACC Championship.
The Demon Deacons scored the first two goals less than four minutes apart to jump out to a 2-0 advantage.
Fourth-seeded Wake Forest (14-6) received a penalty corner in the 19th minute. Conroe sent the corner towards Anna Kozniuk. As the Syracuse (15-5) defense closed in on Kozniuk, she dropped it off to an open Georgia Holland, who fired a shot past the keeper to push the margin to 2-0.
After a pair of potential Syracuse penalty corners were overturned after video review, the Orange eventually received their first opportunity in the 45th minute, but the Lies Lagerweij shot missed wide.
Sixth-ranked Syracuse had two more penalty corner opportunities late in the contest, but Valerie Dahmen made saves on each of them to earn her fifth shutout of the season, the first against an ACC opponent.
The Deacs reached several milestones in addition to the conference crown. In addition to the conference crown, it marks the program's 450th win all-time, as well as the 325th victory for head coach Jennifer Averill at Wake Forest.
Anna Kozniuk was named the ACC Tournament `Most Valuable Player,' as she totaled two goals and two assists. She scored the game-winner in the semifinals against Virginia. Joining her on the ACC Tournament Team were Christine Conroe (one goal, one assist), Jess Newak (one goal, one assist) and Georgia Holland (one goal).
With the win, Averill is tied for the most career ACC Championships by a current Wake Forest coach. Dianne Dailey also has four women's golf ACC Championships.
Wake Forest receives the ACC's automatic bid into the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
Play-in games begin Nov. 12, with first and second round games being played Nov. 15 and 16. The NCAA Selection Show airs tonight at 10 p.m.
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