By UNC Sports Information

Chapel Hill, N.C. — Good news maintains to are available for Ashley Hoffman, now that her discipline hockey profession is complete on the University of North Carolina.

Hoffman finished her Tar Heel profession conserving a national championship trophy inside the air, celebrating a 23-0 season together with her UNC discipline hockey teammates. Since that November afternoon, man or woman honors have persevered to return her way, and Wednesday introduced but some other: the Mary Garber Award because of the Atlantic Coast Conference Female Athlete of the Year.

Hoffman is the 8th Tar Heel to win respect, the first because Crystal Dunn (girls’ football, and presently representing the U.S. In the World Cup) in 2013. She’s the first Tar Heel field hockey participant ever to win. The other UNC winners have all come from ladies’ football, consisting of Mia Hamm, who gained the award twice.

“Ashley is extra special – as a player and a person – and I’m thrilled to look her identified this manner,” UNC train Karen Shelton said. “She changed into so honestly the quality player in the united states in 2018, and beyond that, she changed into the sort of top-notch chief and teammate. And then she earned her degree and went directly to play for the U.S. Team, in which she maintains to make us proud. I’m just so excited for her and her own family that she’s receiving the Garber Award.”

Hoffman, from Mohnton, Pa., becomes the 2018 Honda Sport Award winner for field hockey, a first-crew All-America and All-ACC selection, and member of the All-ACC Academic Team. For the second yr in a row, she becomes both the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and the ACC Tournament MVP. She also became named NCAA Tournament MVP as the Tar Heels won this system’s 7th title.

A member of the U.S. National Team, Hoffman is just the fifth player in school records to have her jersey retired. She graduated from UNC in December after majoring in sociology and minoring in schooling.

She currently was announced as a winner of UNC’s Patterson Medal, the highest prestigious athletic honor presented at North Carolina.

The ACC Male Player of the Year honor, the Anthony J. McKevlin Award, went to Duke freshman Zion Williamson, the No. 1 choose inside the 2019 NBA Draft.

The ACC Athlete of the Year Awards is given in reminiscence of outstanding reporters from the vicinity. McKevlin turned into a sports editor of the Raleigh (North Carolina) News and Observer, at the same time as Garber, of the Winston-Salem (North Carolina) Journal, was a pioneer as one of the first girl sports activities journalists in the nation. The awards are decided on by using electorate who are a part of a selected media panel.

Hoffman led the balloting for the Garber Award with 24 votes to outpace Louisville swimmer Mallory Comerford, who obtained 15 votes to location 2d.

“The Africa qualifier offers us the hazard to seal the Olympic ticket and we ought to exploit and clutch the hazard. Kenya has proficient gamers, and the Africa qualifiers have some of the social groups within the continent, which makes it a competitive championship,” stated Randiek on Wednesday.

Kenya, which neglected out to play on the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, is bent on making an appearance on the 2020 Summer Olympics.

KHU decided on the national team players through trials approach, a flow far from random picks via the head coach. Randiek feels the team is robust and could weather the hurricane in South Africa.

Hockey will not be a part of the Africa Games in Morocco from Aug. 19-30 due to the fact hosts Morocco have no hockey facilities. Africa Hockey Federation has seen that opted to apply the Olympic qualifiers as their continental games.

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