Duke Field Hockey BIO
34 Samantha Nelson
2009: Tallied over 1,200 minutes in goal for the second-consecutive season ... played in 18 contests ... recorded two shutouts ... her 78 saves was third-best mark in the ACC ... averaged 4.33 saves per game ... saved a season-high nine shots on goal at Boston College on Oct. 3 ... two-time All-ACC Academic team member.
2008: Played in 18 games in the cage for the Blue Devils, logging over 1,200 minutes ... posted a record of 12-5, including five shutouts ... part of a Duke defense that was third in the ACC in both shutouts (6) and goals against average (1.67) ... her five shutouts ranked first in the ACC ... allowed 1.62 goals per game, good for third in the ACC ... blocked seven shots on two occasions, vs. Virginia in the regular-season finale and in NCAA Tournament first-round action against UConn ... named to the All-ACC Academic squad ... NFHCA Academic Team member.
2007: Did not see game action ... NFHCA National Academic All-America honoree.
Prior to Duke: Regional All-America selection in 2005 ... named to the Independent School League team in 2005 ... 2005 Washington Post All-Met honorable mention ... 2006 All-League pick ... participated in the National Futures Championship from 2002-07 ... Junior Olympics participant from 2002-04 ... member of the U-16 National Team in 2004 and 2005 ... Olympic Development Select team member from 2005-07 ... member of the U-21 National Squad from 2005-06 and was an alternate for the 2007-08 season.
Personal: Born March 26, 1989 ... daughter of Brian and Dana Nelson ... favorites include mashed potatoes, Jimmy Eat World, Crash and the color blue ... can't live without her toothbrush ... favorite book is The Poisonwood Bible ... chose Duke for its balance of academics and athletics, knowing that she not only wanted to be a part of a serious, competitive Division I team, but also get a great education.