Duke goalkeeper Eliot Hamill wins 3rd ACC Defensive Player of the Week honor
With his third award in five weeks, it marks the second time that an ACC player has won three ACC Defensive Player of the Week nods since the ACC Player of the Week Award split into offensive and defensive in 2015 (joining Virginia’s Jeff Caldwell).
Hamill is coming off another shutout victory, this time over Syracuse in a 1-0 decision on Sept. 25. The Scarsdale, N.Y., native made five saves, preserving a shutout before an 82nd minute goal by sophomore Thorleifur Ulfarsson.
Hamill has now recorded five shutouts in six games, making 27 saves with a 0.964 save percentage and goals against average of 0.162. His save percentage is tied with San Diego State’s Jacob Castro for first in the nation, while his GAA and shutouts rank third and fourth, respectively. The senior captain is also in the midst of a 270:00-minute shutout streak.
Behind Hamill and sparkling defense from Amir Daley, Antino Lopez, Lewis McGarvey, Ruben Mesalles and Ian Murphy, the Blue Devils have won all its first six games via shutouts for the first time since 2004. In addition, the Blue Devils have risen to a season high ranking of No. 4 in the nation, according the United Soccer Coaches poll.
The chase for the 2021 Hermann Trophy is set to begin.
Georgetown continues to hold the top spot.
Pitt was voted as the conference favorite.
Duke kicks off preseason camp on August 11.
Ularfsson joins the Blue Devils this spring.
Indiana is the unanimous favorite to win the conference.