No. 13 Wake Forest Set to Host ACC/Big Ten Challenge
Aug. 24, 2012
By Currie McFayden, Wake Forest Media Relations (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest field hockey team will kick off its 2012 campaign this weekend against Iowa and Michigan in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge to be hosted at Kentner Stadium.
In addition to the Deacs, Michigan, North Carolina and Iowa will each play two games on Saturday and Sunday. Wake Forest will clash with Iowa on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and with Michigan at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday.
Wake Forest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge
In 2011, the Deacons dropped a pair of heartbreakers, losing by only one goal to both Iowa (3-2) and Michigan (2-1). Iowa jumped ahead with a pair of first-half goals and did not relinquish the lead in the Aug. 27, 2011, contest, while Michigan netted the go-ahead goal in the 63rd minute to steal a win the very next day.
Deacons Picked No. 13 in NFHCA Preseason Poll
Each of the four teams in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge is ranked in the top 15, with North Carolina leading the pack at No. 2. The Tar Heels opened with 799 points and 15 first-place votes, just shy of fellow ACC competitor and 2011 national champion Maryland. No. 10 Michigan grabbed 426 points and sits just one position behind top Big Ten team Penn State. Iowa stands just ahead of Wake Forest at No. 12 with 347 points and the Deacs round out the list in 13th with 293 points.
Rae, Walkley Seeking Offensive Encores in 2012
The Demon Deacons return both of their top scorers from the 2011 season in Kari Walkley and preseason All-ACC pick Lizzie Rae. In last year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Walkley found the back of the net against Iowa while Rae posted a shot on goal in each match.
Walkley and Rae each reached double-digits in goals last season. Rae tallied 13 goals, good for the team lead and eighth in the ACC, including a fantastic performance against Boston College in the first round of the ACC Tournament in which she recorded a hat trick. Walkley pitched in 11 scores of her own and had four two-goal games as the Deacs posted a 3-1 record in those matches.
All-American Canadian: Kozniuk's Defensive Spark
Kozniuk recorded four goals and a team-high seven assists in 2011, emerging as a significant threat along the back line in addition to her offensive prowess. She did not play against Iowa in last year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge due to mandatory freshman orientation, but had an immediate impact against Michigan, scoring Wake Forest's only goal.
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Full ACC/Big Ten Challenge Schedule
Live results for all matches can be found here. A full recap of each day's action will be posted at the conclusion of both matches.