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Zalatoris, Maguire named ACC Players of the Year

Wake Forest junior Will Zalatoris and Duke junior Leona Maguire were named men’s golf and women’s golf ACC Player of the Year, respectively.

Zalatoris is currently ranked No. 4 in both the GolfStat and Golf Week individual rankings. His 70.00 scoring average this season is the second lowest in program history, trailing only Bill Haas’ 68.93 in 2003-04. In 10 events this season, Zalatoris has eight top-10 finishes.

A native of Cavan, Ireland, Maguire earned the award for the second time in her career having won the award as a freshman in 2014-15. She is currently having one of the best seasons in Duke and NCAA history sporting a 70.0 stroke average to go along with three victories and nine top 10 finishes. Her 70.0 stroke average is currently one of the lowest in NCAA history.

Duke finished second in the NCAA Albuquerque Regional to earn its 29th selection in the NCAA Championship, which will take place May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farm in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Wake Forest will return to action May 15-17 with the NCAA Austin Regional in Texas. The top five teams at the event will advance to the NCAA Championships, held May 26-31 in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Women’s Golf

Wake Forest: Sophomore Jennifer Kupcho and senior Sierra Sims were honored Thursday as the 2017 All-ACC team was announced by the conference.

Duke: Senior Sandy Choi, junior Gurbani Singh, sophomore Virginia Elena Carta and Maguire were named to the All-ACC team

N.C. State: Sophomore India Clyburn has been named to the All-ACC Team.

Men’s golf

N.C. State: Head coach Richard Sykes was named the 2017 ACC Coach of the Year and sophomore Stephen Franken was named to the All-ACC Team, the league office announced Thursday.

Wake Forest: Juniors Will Zalatoris and Paul McBride and sophomore Cameron Young were named All-ACC on Thursday.

Women’s Lacrosse

UNC: Junior midfielder Marie McCool is one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton award, the highest individual honor in the sport. The Tewaaraton Foundation announced its five men’s and women’s finalislts on Thursday and they will be invited to Washington, D.C., for the 17th annual Tewaaraton Award Ceremony on June 1.


UNC: Pitcher Brittany Pickett has been selected as a top-10 finalist for 2017 Scuhtt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year, an award to honor outstanding athletic achievement among freshmen competing in Division I softball. Pickett was also selected as ACC Freshman of the Year, as voted on by the league’s head coaches. Senior Kendra Lynch, junior Taylor Wike and sophomore Leah Murray were all named to the All-ACC Second Team.

N.C. State: Jade Caraway, Tyler Ross and Peyton Silverman garnered 2017 All-ACC honors, as released by the league office on Thursday. Ross is an All-ACC First-Team selection, Caraway was named to the All-ACC Second Team and All-ACC Freshman Team and Silverman earned All-ACC Freshman Team honors.

Meanwhile, the team held off Louisville 5-2 on Thursday in the ACC championship quarterfinal in Chapel Hill. The Wolfpack improves to 18-37 (10-14 ACC), advancing to the semifinal.

Campbell: A five-run fifth inning for Longwood lifted the Lancers past Campbell Thursday in Farmville, Va. The team will take on the winner of the Charleston Southern vs. Winthrop game.

Men’s Lacrosse

Duke: The team opens the NCAA tournament against No. 6 seed Johns Hopkins on Saturday. The Blue Devils have won the past two games against the Blue Jays, both of which were in the NCAA tournament.

Men’s Tennis

Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons earned the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history and begin tournament play at 5 p.m. on Friday against UNCW. Kentucky and Georgia State meet in the other first-round match of the Winston-Salem Regional. The winner of the two matches on Friday will face each other at 5 p.m. on Saturday to play for a spot in the Round of 16.

Duke: The team makes its return to the NCAA tournament after missing the field in 2016. Duke (16-9) plays its first match of the event at 11 a.m. Friday against South Florida (17-8) in Athens, Ga. Should the team defeat the Bulls on Friday, it would take on the winner of the Georgia versus Florida A&M match at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Women’s Tennis

Wake Forest: The team will be making its 17th appearance in the NCAA tournament, as the Demon Deacons open competition on Friday against Texas. If the Deacons advance past the Longhorns, Wake Forest will take on the winner of South Carolina vs. North Florida for the right to advance to the Round of 16.

Duke: No. 15 Blue Devils will make their 28th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance at 4 p.m. on Friday against Boston University (11-10) in Durham. Should the Blue Devils (20-5) defeat the Terriers Friday, they would face the winner of the Tennessee (18-11) versus Winthrop (19-5) match at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Track and Field

Duke: With the regular season complete, the program will kick off postseason competition with the ACC Outdoor Championships, beginning Friday and run through Sunday in Atlanta. .


UNC: The series opener between No. 3 Tar Heels and Virginia Tech will now begin at 1 p.m. Friday at English Field in Blacksburg, Va. The series is schedule to continue Saturday at 1 p.m. and conclude Sunday at 1.

Duke: Due to the threat of inclement weather, Duke baseball’s 6 p.m., series opener against Georgia Tech on Friday at Jack Coombs Field has been moved to a 4 p.m. start. The Blue Devils and the Yellow Jackets reconvene Saturday at 1 p.m., before concluding the series Sunday at 1 p.m.

Campbell: The Camels travel to Big South leader Winthrop for a pivotal three game series this weekend. First pitch is set for 1 p.m. Friday at Winthrop Ballpark in Rock Hill, S.C. The series continues Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. Friday’s opener was originally scheduled for a 6 p.m. start, but was moved to avoid inclement weather.

Elon: With the CAA tournament approaching, the team will have one final chance to improve its league standing as the Phoenix hosts the UNCW Seahawks for a three-game series beginning Friday at 6 p.m. The series at Latham Park also includes a 4 p.m. game on Saturday and concludes with a 1:30 p.m. first pitch on Sunday.

Women’s Basketball

UNC: The team has added Dazia Powell for the upcoming 2017-18 season, announced on Thursday by head coach Sylvia Hatchell. Powell, both a McDonald’s All-American nominee and an academic all-conference selection, is a 5-10 guard from Millbrook.

Men’s Soccer

Duke: Former Blue Devil Jeremy Ebobisse recently was selected to the U.S. Under-20 National Team 21-player roster for the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup as announced by U.S. Soccer May 9. The tournament runs from May 20-June 11 in Korea Republic.

Swimming and Diving

N.C. State: Anton Ipsen has been named to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Men's At-Large Team, as announced Thursday.

Field Hockey

Wake Forest: Jessy Silfer was named a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree, the organiztion announced Thursday. Silfer was recognized as an at-large nominee. The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, as selected by College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Duke: Senior midfielder Robin Blazing was selected to the 2017 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District III Women’s At-Large Team, as announced by the organization Thursday.

Men’s Volleyball

Mount Olive: Junior Robert Poole was named to the 2016-17 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District Men’s At-Large Team, it was announced Thursday.

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