Three from Duke and two from North Carolina were named Monday to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America team.
Dukes Paula Heimbach was named to the first team, Emmie Le Marchand to the second team and Lauren Blazing to the third. They led the Blue Devils to the NCAA championship game for the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2005. Dukes three selections were the most since the 2011 season, while the ACC placed a nation-high 16 players across the three All-America squads.
North Carolinas Emily Wold made first-team All-America and Charlotte Craddock was on the second team. The Tar Heels reached the final four for the fifth year in a row. Wold led the nation in assists with 23.
Also, Wake Forests Anna Kozniuk was named to the second team. She was on the third team the past two seasons.
North Carolina: Diamond DeShields was selected ACC Rookie of the Week, making three consecutive weeks a Tar Heel has gotten the honor. Allisha Gray earned the award on Nov. 18 and Stephanie Mavunga got it Nov. 25.
DeShields averaged 23.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals last week over three games at the Cancun Challenge, helping lead the Tar Heels to a 2-1 record.
N.C. Central: Reggie Groves was named Mideastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week after he made a school-record 10 3-pointers and scored 32 points during a 101-46 win against Barber-Scotia.
Duke: Libero Ali McCurdy was named ACC Player of the Week and middle blocker Jordan Tucker was freshman of the week after leading Duke to the ACC championship.
Raleigh Sports Club
The next meeting of the RSC will be Wednesday, when N.C. Central basketball coach LeVelle Moton will be the guest speaker.
Meetings are held in Bradley Hall at Highland UMC, 1901 Ridge Road at the intersection of Lake Boone Trail, just inside the Raleigh Beltline. Buffet lines will open at 11:30 a.m. and the meeting will start at noon until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. See http://www.raleighsportsclub.org/ for details.