DURHAM, N.C. - Duke redshirt senior goalkeeper Samantha Nelson has been named the ACC Field Hockey Player of the Week as announced by the conference on Tuesday, October 18 after leading the Blue Devils to a pair of road victories this past weekend. In addition, Nelson garnered Ronald McDonald House Charities Duke Student-Athlete of the Week recognition for her efforts.
Nelson allowed just one goal in two games as Duke (10-5, 2-2 ACC), ranked No. 5 in the latest NFHCA Coaches Poll, picked up wins over William & Mary and No. 1 Old Dominion. Against the Tribe, Nelson directed a defense that allowed just five shots to earn her fifth shutout of the season.
On Sunday versus the previously undefeated Monarchs, the Rockville, Md., native made eight saves in the Blue Devils' 2-1, overtime win. Duke was outshot 17-10, but its defense limited the Old Dominion offense to just one goal, well below its season average of 3.56 goals per game.
The ACC honor is the first conference weekly award for Nelson, who was also named to the 2011 Preseason All-ACC Team.
Duke faces Central Michigan Sunday, Oct. 23 at 1 p.m., in the Blue Devils' final home game of the regular season.