DURHAM- The Duke field hockey team held its annual year-end banquet this past weekend, recognizing individual winners and celebrating another Duke True field hockey campaign.
Blue Devil’s coaching staff and student-athletes recognized all the various accomplishments during the 2021 campaign and honored the seniors of the team. A quartet of Blue Devils have been shortlisted for the program’s annual awards.
Bringing home the Katie Grant Attack Player of the Year honor was Hannah Miller. At the other end of the field, it was Eva Nunnink winning the Caitlyn Williams Defensive Player of the Year Award, while Lily Posternak was selected as Laura Suchoski Midfielder of the Year. Leader on and off the field, Charlotte Johnson was the recipient of the Stef Fee Duke True Award.
Forward, Miller was one of Duke’s fiercest competitors on the offensive end. A true playmaker on the field and especially on the wing, the native of Malvern, Pennsylvania, finished the fall with four goals and two assists for 10 points. Miller is a three-year starter for the Blue Devils and has 18 career goals and 44 total points.
the Katie Grant The Attack Player of the Year award is named for the 2005 ACC Player of the Year, who had 83 career goals and 63 career assists and guided the Blue Devils to a 70-23 overall record ( 0.753) during his career. A native of Lehighton, Pennsylvania, Grant etched his name into the Duke record books in a number of categories, including career points (1st, 223), career goals (2nd, 80), career assists (T-1st, 63)
and ranks fourth on the ACC’s all-time list in career points.
A sophomore member of the Blue Devil program, Nunnink has been one of Duke’s most consistent forces on the turf throughout the season. Starting in every game, the native of Eindhoven, Netherlands played a role both offensively and defensively. Nunnink provided a midfield anchor for the Blue Devils and was a major threat on offensive penalty corners, finishing the season with two goals and four assists for eight points. She was named to the All-ACC and NFHCA All-South Region Second Team for her efforts. The all-region honor was the second in a row. Nunnink has started all 29 games in his career, posting five goals and six assists, while serving as an anchor in defense.
the Caitlin Williams The award is named after the 2008 Duke grad who played 50 career games with the Blue Devils, totaling 238 career saves and a 1.53 goals-against average. With his impressive stat line, Williams (Dallmeyer) ranks fifth on Duke’s all-time list in goals-against average, tied for seventh in career saves and 13th in save percentage in career (0.735). A native of Greenland, NH, Williams earned second-team All-America, first-team All-ACC and back-to-back All-South Region honors while at Duke.
Posternak, starting in all 17 games in 2022, was the driving force behind Duke’s offense last season. A midfield playmaker, Posternak finished the season with one goal and three assists for five points. Posternak has started 70 of his 97 career games, registering seven goals and 14 assists for 28 points.
the Laura Suchoski The Midfielder of the Year award is named after the four-time All-America selection, who made 86 appearances on the field during his time at Duke, registering 16 career goals and 30 career assists. A 2009 graduate, Suchoski (Tierney) was a three-time All-ACC selection and the first Blue Devil in program history to earn All-America honors in her debut campaign.
Johnson, a substitute keeper for the Blue Devils, is a selfless leader on and off the pitch for the Blue Devils. The Bridgehampton, NY native brings positive energy and a great work ethic to the field every day. She played one game in 2021.
Graduated in 2012, Stephanie Fee was a four-time letter winner and standout defenseman for the Blue Devils. She started each of the 81 games during her career, earning Longstreth/NFHCA All-America, All-South Region, All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament accolades. During his senior campaign, Fee anchored a defensive unit that ranked second in the ACC and eighth nationally in goals-against average (1.2). Since graduating, she has continued to excel as a member of the US National Team.
The Blue Devils finished the 2021 campaign with an aggregate record of 6-11. Duke was able to participate in its first full spring season since 2019 and will return to the grass in August.
2021 Team Awards
Katie Grant Offensive Player of the Year: Hannah Miller
Laura Suchoski Midfielder of the Year: Lily Posternak
Caitlyn William Defensive Player of the Year: Eva Nunnink
Stef Fee Duke True Award: Charlotte Johnson