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Addie Clark
Addie Clark earned her second MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for this season earlier this week.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State’s Clark Named National Defensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention

Coming off her MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors, fifth-year goalkeeper Addie Clark has been named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFCHA) Defensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention for her eight-save performance against Ball State on Friday and 12-save day against No. 8 Louisville on Sunday.

“We are so proud of Addie and all of her efforts this past weekend,” head coach Emily Dinsmore said. “This is not only an honor for her but for our entire defensive unit.”

Clark’s honor is the first time a Mountaineer has been recognized at the national level this year. She is the second player from the MAC conference to be honored with NFHCA National honors this season, joining Ball State’s Fleur Knopert, who was named NFHCA National Offensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention in September.

Collectively, this is the fourth time a Mountaineer has been honored with a weekly award this season (one national, three MAC) through the team’s first nine weeks of play.

The Louisville, Ky., native went 2-0 with a .952 save percentage, 20 saves and only allowed one goal over 140 minutes of play last weekend, which included two shutout overtime periods against the eighth-ranked Cardinals on Sunday. Against the Cardinals at Trager Stadium last weekend, Clark saved six shots between the two overtime periods and outdueled the ACC leader in goals-against average in the shootout, leading to App State’s first win in program history against a top-10 opponent.

In Friday’s conference victory over the Ball State Cardinals, Clark anchored a defense that posted their third shutout of the season, holding Fleur Knopert, the MAC’s leading goal scorer, to zero points in a game for just the sixth time all season.

Clark has started all but two games between the posts for the Mountaineers this season, and has posted an impressive 11-3 record, while saving 78 percent of the shots she has faced. She also currently boasts a 1.49 goals-against average, which is the second-lowest mark in the MAC.

Clark and the Mountaineers will be back in action on Friday at Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field where they will face the Ohio Bobcats in their first home game since Oct. 6.