DURHAM, N.C. – After leading Duke to a 5-1 league record and the No. 2 seed in the 2018 ACC Championship, five Blue Devils received All-ACC honors, as announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Junior midfielder Margaux Paolino and senior forward Rose Tynan were named to the All-ACC First Team while senior forward Erin Scherrer, redshirt junior goalkeeper Sammi Steele and junior back Jillian Wolgemuth all netted second team honors. A total of 23 student-athletes were recognized on the 2018 All-ACC teams following a vote of the league’s seven head coaches.
A First Team All-ACC selection for the second consecutive season, Paolino returned to help lead the Duke midfield this fall after representing the United States at the 2018 Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup over the summer. The Villanova, Pa., native leads the Blue Devils with nine assists and ranks fifth in the ACC with 0.50 assists per game as the squad’s primary inserter on attack penalty corners. This season, Paolino has moved into the top 10 on Duke’s career assists chart with 33. She is also tied for eighth in the category among all active Division I players.
Tynan joined Paolino on the first team after receiving second team accolades a season ago. The Blue Devils’ leader in points (33) and goals (13) again this fall, she enters the ACC Championship two points shy of the century mark for her career with 98. Tynan ranks 12th in program history in career points and is third in the conference this fall in goals per game (0.72). She owns three multiple-goal games and four game-winning goals.
Scherrer garnered the first all-conference recognition of her career after putting together an impressive senior campaign. She ranks fourth on the team with seven goals and has matched her career high in points at 16. Scherrer notched the first hat trick of her career Sept. 14 in a 6-3 victory over No. 14 Saint Joseph’s. Her seven points in that contest marked the most by a Blue Devil since Heather Morris registered eight against James Madison Sept. 11, 2016.
Duke’s starter in goal, Steele has anchored a defensive unit that has compiled a 1.47 goals against average and seven shutouts to rank among the national leaders in the latter category. A native of Eagleville, Pa., she has notched six saves on three occasions this fall, including in a 1-0 shutout of No. 18 Virginia Oct. 5. Steele enters the conference tournament ranked fourth in the league in goals against average (1.46) and recently surpassed the 200-save mark for her career.
A three-year starter on the back line, Wolgemuth collected the first All-ACC honor of her career. She has been crucial to the Blue Devils’ defensive success, as well as one of the squad’s key personnel on attack penalty corners. Wolgemuth owns seven points on two goals and three assists and was named the ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week Aug. 28 after guiding Duke to wins against No. 22 William & Mary and No. 23 Liberty on opening weekend.
The Blue Devils face seventh-seeded Syracuse Thursday in the ACC quarterfinals in Chapel Hill, N.C. The 1:30 p.m. contest will be broadcast on RSN and ACC Network Extra from North Carolina’s Karen Shelton Stadium.