Field Hockey Coach, Players Honored

Wake Forest junior midfielder Kelly Doton was named 2002 ACC Field Hockey Player of the Year, as announced at the annual conference banquet in Durham, N.C. on Thursday night. Deacon head coach Jennifer Averill was named ACC Coach of the Year for the first time in her 11-year career. In addition to Doton and Averill's recognition, four other Demon Deacons were named to the All-ACC squad: seniors Heather Aughinbaugh and Maria Whitehead, junior Lucy Shaw and sophomore Kelly Dostal.

Doton, a midfielder from Greenfield, Mass., has been selected to the all-conference squad for the second year in a row. She leads the Deacons in assists (11) and is third on the squad in points (21). Her .688 assists per game lead the ACC and are good for 10th in the nation. In each of her first two seasons, she was named to the NCAA All-Tournament team. In 2001, she was an NFHCA First Team South Regional All-American and a Second Team National All-American. She has started every game for the Deacs since arriving at Wake Forest.

Since coming to Wake Forest in 1992, Averill has guided the Deacs to their first ACC Tournament finals appearance and their first NCAA Tournament berth, both in 1999. Last season, under Averill's tutelage, the Deacons climbed to number one in the national rankings for the first time in school history. Most recently she has led the team to back-to-back NCAA Semifinals appearances, in 2000 and 2001.

This is the third consecutive All-ACC selection for Aughinbaugh, who is second on the squad in both goals (11) and points (25). She is also moving up in the WFU career record books. Her 40 career goals and 106 career points are both the fourth-most in school history. She needs three goals and just one point to tie longtime teammate Jennie Shelton (1998-2001) for third in both categories. The midfielder from Denver, Pa. is a two-time NFHCA Regional All-American and in 2001, she was chosen as an NFHCA Second Team National All-American. Also in 2001, she was named to both the ACC and NCAA All-Tournament teams. This season, she was selected as an NFHCA South Region Senior All-Star.

This season, Dostal leads the Deacs in goals (12) and points (30). Her average of 2.00 points per game leads the ACC and is good for 12th in the nation. Her .800 goals per game are also tops in the conference and place her 13th in the nation. Before arriving at Wake Forest, the Hatfield, Mass. native became the youngest member of the U.S. National Team and also earned spots on the Under-21 and Under-18 squads.

Shaw is receiving her first All-ACC nod this season, one in which she has anchored the Deacon backfield for the third year straight year. A starter since her freshman year, the Vancouver, BC native had a breakout year in 2001, when she was named to the ACC All-Tournament team and was chosen as an NFHCA South Region All-American.

This is Whitehead's second straight All-ACC selection. She is currently second on the team in assists (9). In 2000, the midfielder from West Chester, Pa. recorded 18 assists, the second-most ever in a season by a Demon Deacon. That same year she was selected as an NFHCA South Region All-American and made the ACC All-Tournament team. Her 38 career assists are second all-time at Wake and place her 13 behind all-time leader Susan Bowman (1993-96).

The Demon Deacons will begin play in the 2002 ACC Championship on Friday night, November 8, when they will take on the host Duke Blue Devils at Williams Field. Game time is set for 7 p.m.


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