DURHAM, N.C. – Four members of the Duke women’s lacrosse program have received All-ACC distinction for the 2014 season, as announced Wednesday, Apr. 23 by the league office. Senior defender Taylor Virden and junior midfielder Taylor Trimble were named to the all-conference first team while junior attacker Kerrin Maurer and senior midfielder Maddy Morrissey received second team honors.
Virden, Trimble and Maurer were selected for All-ACC recognition for the second consecutive year while Morrissey earned the accolade for the first time in her career.
The Blue Devils’ leading scorer, Maurer has posted career highs in goals (47) and points (72) and averaged 3.29 goals per game and 4.43 points per game in ACC play to tie for second in the conference. She owns eight hat tricks for the season, including a three-goal performance last week in Duke’s 7-6 overtime victory at North Carolina in the regular season finale. The Setauket, N.Y., native was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week following that contest and is a Tewaaraton Award candidate. Maurer surpassed the 100-goal mark for her career this season and ranks fourth all-time at Duke in assists with 84.
One of the team’s most experienced players in the midfield, Morrissey has totaled 18 goals and five assists for 23 points. A product of Skaneateles, N.Y., she matched a career-high with a three-goal showing at Syracuse and also matched career highs in ground balls and draw controls against ACC opponent Notre Dame. Morrissey is among the team leaders in ground balls (16) and caused turnovers (9) and ranks 23rd in program history in career points with 89 over her four seasons.
Trimble notched multiple-goal efforts in four ACC games this spring and ranks second on the team in goals (34) and hat tricks (6). The junior from Rosemont, Pa., is also third on the team in draw controls (29) and fourth in points (34) and ranks among the top-20 players in the conference in the draw controls category. She reached the 100-point milestone for her career earlier this year against ACC opponent Syracuse and is 20th all-time in school history with 106 points in three seasons. Trimble is also on the 2014 Tewaaraton Award watch list.
Hailing from Ellicott City, Md., Virden has tallied a career-best 56 draw controls and 19 caused turnovers during her senior campaign. She ranked fourth among all ACC players during conference play with an average of 4.00 draw controls per game and moved into second place all-time at Duke this spring with 148 draw controls for her career. The Tewaaraton Award candidate was tabbed the ACC Defensive Player of the Week Monday after helping the Blue Devil defense hold North Carolina to its second-lowest scoring output of the season last week in the victory over the Tar Heels.
Maryland and North Carolina had five selections each across the 2014 All-ACC teams, while Duke and Syracuse had four apiece. All eight of the conference women’s lacrosse teams placed at least one player on the squad.
Duke earned the No. 4 seed in the 2014 ACC Championship and meets fifth-seeded Virginia Thursday, Apr. 25 at 1 p.m. in the tournament quarterfinals.#GoDuke