Four Cavaliers were honored on Wednesday as part of the 2012 Field Hockey All-ACC team, as announced today by ACC Commissioner John Swofford. Paige Selenski, Michelle Vittese, Elly Buckley, and Jenny Johnstone were all named to the 17-athlete team.
Selenski and North Carolina's Kelsey Kolojejchick both have been named to the All-ACC squad four times, just the eighth and ninth players in the 30-year history of ACC field hockey to be four-time honorees.
Selenski leads the ACC in six different statistical categories including shots (108), shots-per-game (6.0), points (62), points-per-game (3.44), goals (25), and game-winning goals (7).
Michelle Vittese earned her third All-ACC honor. Vittese is eighth in the ACC with seven assists. She was named the ACC Player of the Week on Oct. 2 after scoring four unassisted goals in a pair of wins over Maryland and Saint Joseph's.
Elly Buckley also earned her third All-ACC honor. The defender is second on the team in scoring with 15 goals (third in the ACC) and 37 points (fourth in the ACC). She leads the ACC with four defensive saves this season.
Goalkeeper Jenny Johnstone leads the ACC in save percentage (75.9 percent) and is second with a 1.42 goals-against average. This is Johnstone's first All-ACC honor.
All four players had been named to the preseason All-ACC team.
All six of the league's teams are represented on the All-ACC squad, led by five student-athletes from top-ranked North Carolina, four from No. 6 Virginia, and three from No. 7 Maryland. Wake Forest and Duke had two student-athletes recognized, followed by Boston College with one.
The National Field Hockey Coaches Association also announced their first set of honors on Wednesday with forward Britt Knouse being invited to participate in the prestigious NFHCA Senior Game on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. The senior game is an annual exhibition game where the top NCAA Division I senior field hockey players are invited to participate. Knouse is one of 38 players selected to compete.
Knouse missed the first 15 games of the 2012 season, working her way back from a knee injury she sustained last year in spring practice. She returned to action against North Carolina and has started the Cavaliers' last two games. She began her career by scoring a goal in her very first game, adding nine more goals and four assists over her career.
The 2012 ACC Field Hockey Championship gets underway Thursday in Chapel Hill, N.C. Thursday's quarterfinals and Friday's semifinals start at 1 and 3:30 p.m., and Sunday's final is scheduled for 1 p.m.
The Cavaliers, who earned a first round bye for the first time since 1998, will play in the semifinals on Friday, Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. against the winner of sixth-seeded Duke and third-seeded Maryland.