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Height: 5'3"
Year: Redshirt Senior
City/State: Eagleville, Pa.
High School: Methacton


Career Statistics


  • NFHCA All-South Region: First Team (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • All-ACC: Second Team (2017, 2018)
  • NFHCA National Defensive Player of the Week (2016, 2017)
  • ACC Defensive Player of the Week (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • ACC All-Tournament Team (2016)
  • All-ACC Academic (2016, 2017, 2018)
  • NFHCA National Academic Squad (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
  • ACC Academic Honor Roll (2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19)

2019 (Stats): Anchored a shutout at No. 25 William & Mary (9/1) ... Notched the 50th win of her career in a season-opening victory over No. 9 Penn State (8/30).

2018 (Stats): First team NFHCA All-South Region and second team All-ACC choice in goal … Ranked third in the ACC and top 20 nationally with a 1.46 goals against average ... Also totaled 66 saves and compiled a .673 save percentage to go along with a 16-6 record ... Guided the Blue Devils' back line to eight shutouts and a 1.47 goals against average, which ranked the unit fourth in the ACC ... Notched her sixth shutout of the season against Miami in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (11/9) ... Matched her season-high with six stops at No. 1 North Carolina (10/21) ... Tabbed the ACC Defensive Player of the Week Oct. 16 after helping guide Duke to a 1-0 overtime shootout victory at No. 10 Louisville (10/12) ... Notched a six-save performance and a shutout against No. 18 Virginia (10/5) ... Recorded six saves against top-ranked North Carolina (9/21) ... Anchored an outstanding defensive performance in a 1-0 shutout of No. 12 Syracuse in the ACC opener (9/14) ... Started the season with shutouts against No. 12 Northwestern (8/31) and No. 22 William & Mary (8/24).

2017 (Stats): First team NFHCA All-South Region and second team All-ACC selection as a redshirt sophomore … Part of a defensive unit that ranked among the top 10 teams in the country in shutouts (7) and goals against average (1.28) … Ranked second in the ACC in save percentage (.725) and third in goals against average (1.28) … Named the NFHCA National and ACC Defensive Player of the Week after guiding Duke to a pair of shutouts at the B1G/ACC Cup in early September … Tabbed the ACC Defensive Player of the Week again Oct. 2 after matching her career high with nine saves in a 3-2 overtime shootout victory at No. 9 Boston College … Anchored a back line that held strong against 12 shots and five penalty corners by the Eagles in the two overtime periods and turned away Boston College players on three of five shootout attempts. 

2016: NFHCA All-South Region first team selection after taking over as Duke's starting goalkeeper … Anchored a defensive unit that 12th nationally in goals against average (1.48) and posted shutouts in three of the final five games of the season … Individually, ranked third in the ACC in goals against average (1.39) and save percentage (.730) … Made first career start in season opener against William & Mary (8/26) … Posted first shutout against No. 13 Liberty (8/28) … Totaled nine stops in 1-0 B1G/ACC Cup win over No. 6 Maryland (9/2) … Tabbed the ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week Sept. 20 after holding No. 6 Louisville to one goal and recording a shutout at Miami … Registered back-to-back shutouts against No. 4 North Carolina (10/22) and Richmond (10/29) … Collected ACC Defensive Player of the Week and Longstreth/NFHCA Division I National Defensive Player of the Week accolades following the 3-0 shutout of the Tar Heels, which clinched the ACC regular season title for the Blue Devils … Named to the ACC All-Tournament Team after posting eight saves against North Carolina in the semifinals … Earned her fifth shutout in an NCAA Tournament first round victory over American (11/12). 

2015: Did not see the field during the 2015 campaign. 

Prior to Duke: Has represented the U.S. on U19 and U17 junior national squads … Also named to the 2014-15 U.S. U19 indoor junior national team … Competed for the U.S. at the 2014 Junior Pan American Games … NFHCA first team All-American and regional All-American for Methacton High School … Garnered first team all-state, all-area and all-conference accolades her junior and senior seasons … Totaled 592 saves and 19 shutouts during her prep career … Compiled a .086 goals against average and a .910 save percentage in the cage her senior year while also posting 10 shutouts … Helped her club team, X-Calibur, capture USA Field Hockey Festival titles in 2013 and 2014 … Is a third degree black belt in Taekwondo … Academic All-American as a senior.

Personal: Born Samantha Michelle Steele Jan. 12, 1997 in Hilton Head, S.C. … Daughter of Natalie and Edward Shytle … Has one brother (Tripp) … Mother played field hockey (1985-86) and softball (1986-89) at the University of Pennsylvania … Father played baseball at Temple (1983-86). 

Career Highs: 
Saves: 9 ... vs. Maryland ... Sept. 2, 2016

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FH: Steele Saves vs. Virginia
FH: Steele Saves - UNC
Sammi Steele Postgame INT: Duke 2, WF 1