Freshman netminder Hannah McLaughlin was named as the Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Week after an impressive weekend of competition in Nebraska. With the Conference announcement on Wednesday it marks McLaughlin’s first ever collegiate honor.
The freshman put up a strong case for the award after starting the last three games for the Tigers. In her first three collegiate starts she accumulated three consecutive shutouts, 12 saves, and 270 minutes of play. Eight of McLaughlin’s saves came in a 2-0 victory over Nebraska in the first road series of Clemson’s 2019 campaign, good for a career-best.
McLaughlin is just the second freshman goalkeeper in program history to be named an ACC Player of the Week. The last time a freshman netminder for the Tigers won an ACC weekly award was Ashley Phillips in 2004. Phillips went on to be one of the most decorated goaltenders in Clemson history as the program record holder for career saves (326), single season saves record (119), second all-time for save percentage (.812) and solo shutouts (21).
Clemson is the only team in the ACC who has not allowed a goal this season. However, the Tigers have put up 11 goals on the year with 17 saves.