Field Hockey: UVA picked second; Mendez-Trendler named to Preseason All-ACC team

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

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Virginia sophomore midfielder Daniela Mendez-Trendler has been named to the 2023 Preseason All-ACC Field Hockey Team in honors announced Monday by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Virginia has also been voted to finish second in the predicted order of finish by the league’s head coaches. The Cavaliers received three of seven first-place votes.

Mendez-Trendler (Towson, Md.) earned All-ACC First Team honors last year with eight goals and 19 points. She was the sixth UVA freshman to earn ITA All-America honors in her rookie campaign when she was named to the third team.

The Cavaliers advanced to the ACC Championship match last season before suffering a 3-2 loss against North Carolina in the final.

Virginia will host this year’s ACC Championship from Oct. 31- Nov. 3 at Turf Field.

The ACC leads all conferences with 22 NCAA field hockey titles. The conference has placed at least one team in the national championship game in 30 of the past 34 seasons, including last year’s title by North Carolina.

2023 ACC Field Hockey Preseason Coaches Poll

  1. North Carolina (4), 45
  2. Virginia (3), 42
  3. Syracuse, 32
  4. Louisville, 24
  5. Boston College, 22
  6. Wake Forest, 17
  7. Duke, 14

First-place votes in parentheses

2023 Preseason All-ACC Team
Margo Carlin, F, Gr., Boston College
Hannah Miller, F, Gr., Duke
Julie Kouijzer, D, 5th, Louisville
Aimee Plumb, F, Sr., Louisville
Ryleigh Heck, F, So., North Carolina
Sietske Brüning, M, So., North Carolina
Charlotte de Vries, F, Gr., Syracuse
Eefke van den Nieuwenhof, B, Sr., Syracuse
Daniela Mendez-Trendler, M, So., Virginia
Nat Friedman, M, Gr., Wake Forest
Ellie Todd, So., GK, Wake Forest