DURHAM, N.C. - Duke field hockey head coach Pam Bustin has been named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, while four Blue Devils - Emmie Le Marchand, Stefanie Fee, Rhian Jones and Samantha Nelson - have been selected to the 2011 All-ACC team as announced by the conference Wednesday, Nov. 2.
The ACC Coach of the Year honor is the first for a Blue Devil head coach since the 1996 season, while the four selections to the all-conference team marks Duke's highest number of All-ACC honorees since 2005.
Bustin, in her first season with the Blue Devils, led Duke to an 11-6 regular season record and a 2-3 mark in ACC action, securing the No. 3 seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Under Bustin's direction, the Blue Devils have nearly doubled their offensive production from a season ago, while the Duke defense ranks second in the ACC and eighth nationally with a 1.13 goals against average.
The honor is Bustin's fourth conference coach of the year accolade as she also earned MAC and BIG EAST Coach of the Year recognition during her 15 years as a head coach.
Le Marchand, a sophomore forward from Worcester, England, led the Blue Devils in goals and points as a freshman in 2010 and has topped those numbers this season with a career-best 14 goals and six assists to lead Duke in both categories. One of Duke's most consistent threats on the front line, she earns the first All-ACC honors of her career after ranking fifth in the conference with an average of just under a goal per game.
Senior and Virginia Beach, Va., native Stefanie Fee has started all 76 games in her career, anchoring the Duke backline. An All-South Region honoree in 2010, Fee garners her first All-ACC nod this season after helping Duke's defense shut out six opponents this season, while also chipping in on the offensive end with three assists.
Already a two-time All-American, senior Rhian Jones collects her third career all-league recognition in 2011. The Havertown, Pa., native has dished out a career-best five assists this season, while also solidifying the Duke midfield and defense. Also a two-time All-South Region pick, Jones, along with Fee, was recently named to the NFHCA Senior Game as well.
Redshirt senior goalkeeper Samantha Nelson garners her first All-ACC recognition after earning All-South honors a year ago. Nelson ranks second in the league and eighth nationally in both save percentage (.720) and goals against average (1.16), which also marks a career best for the Rockville, Md., native. In addition, Nelson currently ranks second all-time in the Duke record books for career goals against average (1.58) and single season goals against average (1.16, 2011).
Duke heads to the ACC Tournament as the No. 3 seed and will take on No. 6 seed Virginia Thursday, Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m., in College Park, Md. The game will be broadcast on theACC.com.