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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’s Clark Earns MAC Field Hockey Defensive Player of the Week Honors

Fifth-year goalkeeper Addie Clark has been named the MAC Defensive Player of the Week after her exceptional performance in the cage against Kent State last Friday.

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

Clark and the Mountaineer defense held a potent Kent State offense to just one goal in 80 minutes of play. The Louisville, Ky., native saved nine shots and held Kent State to just one score on five attempts in the shootout period as she played hero on her home turf in a crucial MAC matchup.

Most notably, Clark surpassed 250 saves for her career at App State after racking up her sixth save of Friday’s contest in the first overtime period.

“Reaching 250 saves means a lot to me,” Clark said. “This milestone means a lot in terms of the quantity, but more importantly, it means a lot to me because of the work I have put in to get to that number. I’m thankful to Coach Dinsmore and Coach Fernsler for trusting me to lead the defensive unit, and I’m thankful for the journey I’ve had to get here.”

This is the third time that Clark has been honored as the MAC Defensive Player of the Week in her career and first time this season. She has been a staple in the cage for the Mountaineers over her five years in Boone, as she has started in every game except two this season and has made 60 starts for her career.

Clark has saved 59 shots so far this year and currently has the second-lowest goals-against average in the MAC, posting a 1.952 GAA over 10 games. She has held her opposition scoreless in 10 halves this season.

The next chance to see Clark and the Mountaineers will be this Friday against MAC rival Longwood as they will kick off a season-high four-game road trip in Farmville, Va. First touch is scheduled for 5 p.m.