Wake Forest Picked Fifth in ACC Preseason Poll
Aug. 17, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Media Relations (@SIDeacons)
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Wake Forest field hockey team was selected fifth in the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll in a vote conducted by the league's six head coaches, as announced on Friday morning.
The Demon Deacons garnered 10 total points after posting a 10-9 overall record in 2011. Maryland, the defending NCAA champions, earned three first-place votes and edged 2011 ACC champions and national runners-up North Carolina by a razor-thin 23-22 margin.
Virginia claimed third place with 15 points, finishing just ahead of Duke with 14. Boston College rounded out the conference in sixth place with six points.
After not having a selection in 2011, Wake Forest also placed two athletes onto the preseason All-ACC team, tying for the second-most in the conference with Maryland and North Carolina.
2011 All-American and ACC Freshman of the Year Anna Kozniuk will represent the Deacons after emerging as a strong defensive force as well as, at times, an important offensive weapon during her first collegiate season. The North Vancouver, Canada, native finished the season with four goals, including game-winners against Louisville and Princeton, and a team-high seven assists.
Senior Lizzie Rae, the Deacs' top goal scorer in 2011, makes up the other half of the Deacon duo. Rae was near the top of the conference in every major offensive category last season, finishing third in total shots (70) and eighth in goals (13) and points (31). She starred in the first round of the 2011 ACC Tournament against Boston College, netting a hat trick that included the game-winner with just over two minutes to play. The preseason nomination is the second of Rae's career, with her first accolades coming prior to the 2010 season.
Virginia led the conference with four selections to the squad, while Duke had one player selected and Boston College did not have a representative.
Wake Forest will open its season on Aug. 25 at Kentner Stadium with a clash against Iowa at 2:00 p.m. as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.
2012 ACC Predicted Order of Finish
2012 Preseason All-ACC Team