DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s duo of junior attacker Kerrin Maurer and senior defender Taylor Virden are among 27 nominees for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award, as announced Friday, Apr. 25 by the Tewaaraton Foundation. Both All-ACC selections for 2014, the two Blue Devils were named to the list of nominees for the second consecutive year.
The Blue Devils’ leader in points, goals and assists this spring, Maurer has collected career highs in goals (48) and points (74). She was second in the ACC and sixth nationally in points per game entering the week and also ranked among the top 10 players in the conference in goals, assists and draw controls per contest. A native of Setauket, N.Y., Maurer owns eight hat tricks for the season and has registered at least one point in 22 consecutive games. She recorded one goal and one assist in Duke’s ACC quarterfinal game against Virginia Thursday, Apr. 24 and earlier this week was tabbed the ACC Offensive Player of the Week and earned a spot on the All-ACC second team.
Virden has tallied a career-best 56 draw controls and 22 caused turnovers during her senior campaign. A product of Ellicott City, Md., she ranked fourth in the ACC in caused turnovers and sixth in draw controls heading into the week, and turned in three caused turnovers and two ground balls against the Cavaliers. Virden has helped the Blue Devil defense hold opponents to a 9.75 goals per game average for the spring and was selected the ACC Defensive Player of the Week this week for her efforts. She was also voted to the 2014 All-ACC first team.
The five Tewaaraton Award finalists on the women’s side will be announced in mid-May, with the finalists then being honored at the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony May 29 in Washington, D.C.
2014 Tewaaraton Award Women’s Nominees
Bridget Bianco, Northwestern - Jr., G
Nikki Boltja, Louisville - Sr., A
Frankie Caridi, Stony Brook - Sr., G
Jackie Cifarelli, Ohio State - Jr., A
Taylor Cummings, Maryland - Soph., M
Taylor D'Amore, Johns Hopkins - Sr., A
Megan Douty, Maryland - Jr., D
Lucy Ferguson, Penn - Jr., G
Abbey Friend, North Carolina - Sr., A
Shannon Gilroy, Florida - Jr., A
Brooke Griffin, Maryland - Jr., A
Hannah Hook, Denver - Sr., G
Alyssa Leonard, Northwestern - Sr., A
Meg Markham, Penn - Jr., D
Kerrin Maurer, Duke - Jr., A
Kelly McPartland, Maryland - Jr., M
Kaylin Morissette, Louisville - Soph., M
Alyssa Murray, Syracuse - Sr., A
Marlee Paton, Loyola - Sr., A/M
Mikaela Rix, Boston College - Jr., M
Sloane Serpe, North Carolina - Sr., D
Jaclyn Sileo, LIU Post - Sr., A
Margaret Smith, Notre Dame - Sr., M/D
Covie Stanwick, Boston College - Jr., A
Courtney Swan, Virginia - Jr., A
Kayla Treanor, Syracuse - Soph., A
Taylor Virden, Duke - Sr., D