DURHAM, N.C. – Duke led all schools with five student-athletes on the 2017 Field Hockey All-Atlantic Coast Conference teams, as announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Senior back Alyssa Chillano and sophomore midfielder Margaux Paolino were named to the All-ACC First Team while senior midfielder Alexa Mackintire, redshirt sophomore goalkeeper Sammi Steele and junior forward Rose Tynan all received second team nods. A total of 22 student-athletes were recognized on the 2017 All-ACC teams following a vote by the conference’s seven head coaches.
A first team All-ACC selection for the second consecutive season, Chillano has led a back line that ranks among the top in the country with a 1.09 goals against average. The vice captain from Phoenixville, Pa., has also continued to play an integral role in Duke’s attack and defensive penalty corner units in her final campaign. Chillano enters the postseason tied for second on the team in goals (7) and ranked third in points (18) and assists (4). She also paces the Blue Devils in defensive saves (3) and has notched two game-winning goals and two multiple-goal games.
Paolino joined Chillano on the all-conference first team after garnering All-South Region second team recognition from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association a year ago. The sophomore from Villanova, Pa., leads Duke in assists (9) and ranks eighth in the ACC in assists per game (0.53) as the Blue Devils’ primary inserter on attack penalty corners. Paolino has recorded seven assists over the last five contests, posting two each against Wake Forest, North Carolina and Liberty. She has also moved into the top 20 on Duke’s all-time career assists list with 23 in just two seasons.
A mainstay in the Blue Devils’ midfield over the past four seasons, Mackintire received All-ACC honors for the first time in her career. She has totaled a career-high nine points this fall with one goal and two assists in regular season ACC action. Mackintire matched her career best with a three-point effort in a 5-0 shutout of Louisville Sept. 15 in Durham. A native of Southborough, Mass., and a vice captain for the Blue Devils, she has also been critical to the team’s success on attack penalty corners this fall.
Steele anchors a defensive unit that has surrendered just 19 goals in 17 contests, with the 19 goals allowed ranking Duke second in the ACC. She has been tabbed the ACC Defensive Player of the Week twice this season, matching her career best with nine saves in a 3-2 overtime shootout victory at Boston College Sept. 29 and leading the Blue Devils to a pair of shutouts at the B1G/ACC Cup in early September. A product of Eagleville, Pa., Steele has guided Duke to seven shutouts and has led the ACC for much of the season in save percentage (.782).
Tynan has provided a spark for the Blue Devils on the attacking end in her junior campaign. She has tallied a career-high 29 points on 13 goals and three assists with three multiple-goal efforts. The Auckland, New Zealand native owns six game-winning goals this fall and heads into the postseason ranked fifth in the ACC in both goals per game (0.76) and points per game (1.71). Tynan has found the back of the cage in three of the last four contests and owns a team-high six game-winning goals to go along with three multiple-goal showings.
The Blue Devils earned the No. 2 seed in this week’s ACC Championship and will face No. 7 seed Boston College Thursday in the tournament quarterfinals. The 1:30 p.m. contest will be broadcast on RSN and ACC Network Extra from Trager Stadium in Louisville, Ky.