Duke Field Hockey BIO
3 Mary Nielsen
2012: Started every game for the second consecutive season...finished third on the team in total points with 13 total, earning five goals and three assists...scored two goals in the victory over 15th ranked Michigan State...tied for 34th in career points with 47 total ... named to the NFHCA Academic All-America and ACC All-Academic teams for her performance on the field and in the classroom ... also tabbed to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2011: Started 21 of 21 games played last season... tied for third on the team with 16 points in 2011 ... totaled a career high six goals and four assists on the year ... scored game winning goal against current #1 ranked ODU on Oct. 16...also scored game winning goals against Boston College and James Madison...named to the All-ACC Academic Team for second year in a row.
2010: Appeared in all 19 games, starting 13 in her second season ... tied for third on the team with seven points in 2010 ... totaled three goals and an assists on the year ... registered both Duke goals in the Blue Devils' 2-0 victory at Longwood on Sept. 4 ... added a goal and an assist in Duke's 4-3 overtime win at Old Dominion on Oct. 17 ... an All-ACC Academic Team selection.
2009: Started 19 games at midfield for the Blue Devils ... notched three goals and five assists on the year ... scored twice against William & Mary on Oct. 17 ... led all Duke freshman with 11 points.
PRIOR TO DUKE: Four-year varsity player and Colours recipient, awarded for excellence and achievement in attitude, skill and sportsmanship ... team captain as a senior ... team's top goal-scorer in each of her last two seasons and also as a freshman ... team MVP as a sophomore ... earned a bronze medal in Provincials competition in 2008 ... ISA champion in 2008 ... Island champion in 2006 and 2008 ... recipient of Grimes Award for Inspirational Leadership as a senior ... Provincial 'A' team member from 2006-09 ... member of BC 'A' team and participant in Senior Nationals and Canada Cup in 2009 ... senior national silver medalist and junior national champion in 2008 ... CanAm participant in 2007 ... U19 silver medalist and junior nationals participant in 2006 ... provincial indoor team member in 2007, winning the silver medal with the U19 team in that year ... also lettered four years in cross country and three years in soccer ... won awards in English, Spanish, Humanities and fabrications in high school ... earned Academic honors in grades 8-12.
PERSONAL: Born August 30, 1991 ... daughter of William and Kelly Nielsen ... favorites include guitar, poetry, reading, writing, hiking and running ... favorite athlete is Argentinian field hockey player Lucille Aymar ... chose Duke for the challenge, the chance to travel far from home and the opportunity to play in the ACC.