DURHAM, N.C. – The Blue Devils led all ACC teams with a league-high eight selections to the 2017 All-ACC Academic Field Hockey Team, as announced Friday by the conference office. Duke featured the most student-athletes on the All-ACC Academic Team for the fourth consecutive year.
Senior Ashley Kristen was one of two student-athletes to be named to the All-ACC Academic Team for the fourth time in her career. Senior Sarah Furey earned a spot on the squad for the third time in her career, while senior Alyssa Chillano, sophomore Margaux Paolino and redshirt sophomore Sammi Steele received the academic accolade for the second consecutive season. Junior Caroline Andretta, senior Alexa Mackintire and junior Rose Tynan were all first-time All-ACC Academic selections.
Chillano, Paolino and Tynan were three of the league’s 12 players to earn both All-America and All-ACC Academic recognition this season. That trio, along with Mackintire and Steele, were among the 15 players on the All-ACC Academic Team who were voted All-ACC.
Minimum academic requirements for selection to the All-ACC Academic Team are a 3.0 grade point average for the previous semester and a 3.0 cumulative average during one’s academic career. Athletic achievements during the most recent season are also considered in selecting the All-ACC Academic Team.
All seven of the conference’s field hockey squads were represented on the 2017 All-ACC Academic Team, with Louisville’s Nicole Woods taking home ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
The Blue Devil program has totaled 83 All-ACC Academic Team selections since the award’s inception in 2007 and 56 selections since head coach Pam Bustin arrived at Duke in 2011. At least six Duke field hockey student-athletes have been named to the academic squad in each of the previous 10 seasons.
Under the direction of Bustin and her staff, the Blue Devils made their 16th NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017, reaching the quarterfinal round for the fifth consecutive year. Duke rounded out the season at 17-4.
Name, Year, Position, Major
Caroline Andretta, Jr., F, Psychology
Alyssa Chillano (2), Sr., B, Psychology
Sarah Furey (3), Sr., B, Psychology
Ashley Kristen (4), Sr., F, Psychology
Alexa Mackintire, Sr., M, Sociology
Margaux Paolino (2), So., M, Undeclared
Sammi Steele (2), R-So., GK, Visual Arts
Rose Tynan, Jr., F, Psychology
() Number of career All-ACC Academic Team Selections