Four Deacon Field Hockey Players Named All-ACC
Nov. 4, 2004
Winston-Salem, N.C. - The No.1-ranked Wake Forest field hockey team took home a handful of awards this evening from the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Banquet. Senior Kelly Dostal was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and named to the All-ACC team for the third straight year. She was joined on the all-conference team by Claire Laubach, Maeke Boreel and Lauren Crandall.
The ACC implemented a new policy this year, which gives Player of the Year honors to an offensive player as well as a defensive player. In the past, there has been only an all-around ACC Player of the Year. The Deacons have claimed that honor for the past three seasons (Jemima Cameron in 2001 and Kelly Doton in 2002 and 2003). Dostal becomes the fourth consecutive Deacon to garner individual ACC honors.
Dostal leads the nation in goals, points and points per game, leads the ACC in points, points per game, goals, goals per game, shots and shots per game. She is second in the ACC and third in the nation in assists and assists per. The Hatfield, Mass. native has tallied at least one point in every game of her senior year. She holds the Deacon career record in points and goals and stands atop the season record books in the same categories. She is tied for fourth in the ACC career record book in points, stands in fifth place in goals and is tied for 24th in the NCAA record books in career points. She has been named ACC Player of the Week four times this season and six times in her Deacon career. The only Deacon to ever earn the honor more times was Tim Duncan, who did so 11 times.
Claire Laubach has been the leader of a Deacon defense that has allowed only 79 goals in 84 games over the past four years, a .94 goals against average mark. In 2002, the Deacons shut out each of their opponents in the NCAA Tournament and cruised to the program's first ever National Championship. Only one other defense has accomplished that feat in the history of NCAA Field Hockey. Wake Forest allowed an incredible-low 13 goals in 23 games last season and shut out 12 opponents. The Deacons have faced a school-record four No.1-ranked foes this season and defeated three of them. In 2003, she and Boreel tallied six assists a piece against Davidson, setting a new school record for most assists in a single game. Laubach has scored seven goals, added seven assists and boasts a 70% shooting accuracy in 2004. This is the second straight year she has been named All-ACC.
Maeke Boreel earns All-ACC honors for the second consecutive year as well. She has scored the game-winning goal in three of the last five Deacon outings. She is tied for first on the team in assists (16) and third in points (22). She stands in a tie for second place in the Deacon career assists lists with 42 to her name over the past three seasons. She leads the transition portion of a Deacon team that has out-shot opponents 430-123 and out-scored them 78-24 this season. In 2003 she recorded 19 assists, the second most in a single season in school history and she tallied six of those in the game against Davidson, setting a new school record.
Lauren Crandall earns her first ACC honor in 2004. She is second on the team in shots taken this season (67), with seven goals and five assists to her credit. She led her class in points her freshman season and was the only one selected to an All-Region team in 2003. She was one of only two Deacons named to the NFHCA All-Academic squad in 2003 and is again the only in her class to garner ACC honors in 2004. She has started all 18 games this season and all but one game in her 40-game Deacon career.
With four players named to the All-ACC team, Wake Forest ties with No.1-seeded North Carolina for the most representatives dotting the list. Maryland claimed three spots, Duke claimed two and Virginia earned one. North Carolina captured the defensive player of the year as well as the ACC Coach of the Year. The Tarheels were the only team to go undefeated in conference play. Wake Forest - the only team to beat the Tarheels this season - defeated the Chapel Hill squad, 4-3 on Oct. 10, but the game did not count towards regular season ACC standings. The Deacons face the Tarheels in round two of the ACC Tournament, Friday at 7 pm.
2004 All-Conference Team
2004 ACC Offensive Player of the Year
2004 ACC Defensive Player of the Year
2004 ACC Coach of the Year