DURHAM, N.C. – Five members of the Duke women’s lacrosse team have earned All-Atlantic Coast Conference recognition for the 2013 season, as announced by the league Wednesday, Apr. 24. Senior Makenzie Hommel, junior Taylor Virden, sophomores Kerrin Maurer and Taylor Trimble and freshman Kelsey Duryea were named to the 20-member team as determined by a vote of the conference’s six head coaches.
All five Blue Devils received the first all-conference honors of their careers. Maryland and North Carolina joined Duke in placing five honorees on the All-ACC squad, while Virginia had three selections and Boston College two.
A three-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week pick in her first season, Duryea anchors a defensive unit that allows just 8.80 goals per game and has limited eight opponents to single-digit scoring. The rookie netminder from Beverly, Mass., has posted 105 saves in 11 contests and ranks second nationally in save percentage (.522) and third in the country in saves per game (9.55). Duryea also notched the highest save percentage among ACC goalies in conference play and owns the league’s third-best goals against average at 9.06.
The Blue Devils’ leading scorer this spring, Hommel has collected career-highs in goals (41), assists (9) and points (50). She is tied for fifth in the ACC and tied for 43rd nationally with an average of 2.73 goals per game and also paces the Duke attack with eight hat tricks on the year. A native of Setauket, N.Y., Hommel turned in five-goal performances against Richmond and Ohio State for a new career-high, in addition to tying for fourth in the league with an average of 2.60 goals per game in ACC play. She owns 112 points for her career, making her one of 20 players in program history to top the 100-point mark.
Maurer joined Hommel in surpassing the 100-point barrier this season, as she has also recorded new career-highs in goals (28), assists (26), points (54), ground balls (10) and draw controls (7). The attacker from Setauket, N.Y., leads Duke in assists and points while topping the ACC in assists per game during conference play with a 2.00 clip. One of three Blue Devils on this year’s Tewaaraton Award Watch List, Maurer is also one of just 13 players in Duke history to register 50 or more assists in a career, doing so in just her second season.
A midfielder from Rosemont, Pa., Trimble is one of just two players on the squad to reach double figures in goals (28), ground balls (10) and draw controls (37) this spring. One of Duke’s leaders at the draw, she matched a career-high earlier this season, totaling five draw controls in a win over Vanderbilt. Trimble is among the ACC leaders at 2.47 draw controls per game and also averages 1.87 goals per game to go with four hat tricks. She has also registered a point in a career and team-best 14 straight contests entering this week’s ACC Championship.
One of Duke’s most experienced defenders and a Tewaaraton Award Watch List selection, Virden has notched 28 ground balls in 15 games to pace the team and rank third in the ACC. She also ranks fifth in the league in caused turnovers per game, sporting a 1.13 average, and is part of a defensive unit that allows just 8.80 goals per game. Virden and the Blue Devil defense posted the second shutout in program history and first since 1998 earlier this spring in a 23-0 victory over Presbyterian. Also a force at the draw, she has tallied a career-best 43 draw controls this season to push her career total to 111, which places her eighth on Duke’s all-time chart.
The Blue Devils placed five on the All-ACC team for the third time since the award’s inception in 1998. Head coach Kerstin Kimel has had at least three players named to the all-conference squad in each of the past 14 seasons.
Seventh-ranked and fourth-seeded Duke opens the 2013 ACC Championship Thursday, Apr. 25 in a 1 p.m. meeting with No. 5 seed Virginia. The tournament is being hosted through Sunday, Apr. 28 at North Carolina’s Fetzer Field in Chapel Hill, N.C., with the action slated to be televised live on RSN.