May 6, 2014
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Matilda Castren, who has enjoyed one of the finest freshman seasons in the history of the Florida State women's golf program and Alex Milan, who has enjoyed the best season of her three-year career as a Seminole have been named to the All-ACC Women's Golf team as selected by the league's 11 head coaches. Castren is only the second freshman in school history to earn All-ACC honors while the combination of Castren and Milan mark the fourth time in school history two Seminoles have been named to the All-ACC Women's Golf team in the same season.
Castren and Milan and will lead the Seminoles into the NCAA East Regional Championship at Southwood Golf Course in Tallahassee beginning May 8.
The selections of Castren and Milan to the All-ACC team mark the 14th consecutive season that at least one Florida State player has been named to the All-ACC team. The Seminoles are one of only four of the 11 teams to have multiple players named to the All-ACC team. The Seminoles were joined by only conference champion Duke (three), Clemson (two) and NC State as teams who had two or more players named to the All-ACC team. Florida State's two selections to the All-ACC team marks the first time since the 2010 season that multiple Seminoles have earned all-league honors.
Castren (Espoo, Finland) is the 17th ranked golfer in the nation, the fourth highest ranked golfer in the ACC, fourth highest ranked freshman in the nation and the second highest ranked freshman in the ACC.
"I am really excited to be honored as a member of the All-ACC team." said Castren. "It's great for our team and our program and is an honor that I will always remember. My focus, though, is on playing well in the regional this week. I will enjoy this honor more when we complete our year and I am able to reflect on my freshman season as a whole."
Castren's 71.85 stroke average is the third best in the ACC entering NCAA regional play. She is tied for the ACC's best round of the 2013-14 season with a 6-under-par 66 at the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate and is the ACC leader with seven single round scores carded at 69 or better. Castren established the school record for the best tournament score at 204 along with the school record 12-under-par total in winning the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate on April 8. Her scores in the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate are the lowest tournament scores of the 2013-14 fall and spring seasons by any golfer in the ACC. She was named the ACC Golfer of the Month for the month of February.
Milan (Lutz, Fla.), who won her first individual title at the Florida Challenge in the spring of 2014, is one of the most improved players in all of college golf this season. She enters the 2014 NCAA Division I East Regional championship ranked second on the team and 14th in the ACC with a 74.41 stroke average in a career-high 29 rounds in a career-high 10 tournaments. Milan has cut more than three strokes from her scoring average this season as compared to her first two seasons as a Seminole.
"Being recognized on the All-ACC team is icing on the cake for me personally and great for our team," said Milan. "I have the opportunity to play with amazing teammates who make each other better each day we come to the course. I want our entire team to play like members of the All-ACC team this week at regionals so we can achieve our most important goal - advancing to the NCAA finals as a team."
Castren and Milan join Florida State head coach Amy Bond as three of 23 All-ACC selections in school history. Bond earned All-ACC honors as a junior in 1998 and was named to the ACC's 50th Anniversary team in 2002. She has led the Seminoles to four NCAA appearances in her four seasons as the Seminoles' head coach.
"I am very happy for both Matilda and Alex to earn the honor of being named to the All-ACC team," said Bond. "Both players have worked very hard and have led our team throughout the season. We are going to need their leadership this week at the regional championships. We are excited about both Matilda and Alex earning All-ACC honors -- having two players named to the team in a conference full a great golfers shows that our program continues to move in the positive direction that we are all working so hard to achieve."
Florida State enters the 2014 NCAA Division I East Regional at SouthWood seeded 10th entering the three day tournament. The top eight teams and the top two individuals not on one of the top eight teams will qualify to play in the NCAA Championships at the Tulsa (Okla.) Country Club May 20-23.
The Seminoles won the team championship of the Web.com/Marsh Landing Intercollegiate in April and have earned five top-five team finishes this year. In addition to finishing first at the Web.com Intercollegiate, the Seminoles finished in second place at the Florida Challenge, in third place at the FSU Match-Up and in fourth at the Bryan National Collegiate. Florida State has been ranked as high as 22nd nationally this season and enters the NCAA East Regional Championship ranked 32nd nationally by Golfstat.
There is no charge for admission or parking at Southwood with teams teeing off beginning at 7:30 each morning and playing throughout the day.
2014 All-ACC Women's Golf Team Name School Matilda Castren, Fr Florida State Alex Milan, Jr Florida State Laetitia Beck, Sr Duke Celine Boutier, So Duke Yu Liu, Fr Duke Ashlan Ramsey, Fr Clemson Sloan Shanahan, Fr Clemson Augusta James, Jr NC State Brittany Marchand, Sr NC State Daniela Darquea, Fr Miami Elizabeth Mallett, So North Carolina Juliet Vongphoumy, Jr Maryland