DURHAM, N.C. --- Junior attacker Carolyn Davis was named Womenslax.com’s National Player of the Week and junior goalkeeper Kim Imbesi was placed on Womenslacrosse.com’s Weekly Honor Roll for their respective showings in Duke’s 10-8 upset victory over No. 6 seed Georgetown on Sunday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. It is the fifth weekly accolade for Davis this season, while Imbesi picks up her first such award.
Davis tallied four goals on just four shots in the first half for the Blue Devils on Sunday in Washington, D.C. That performance helped lead Duke to its first-ever NCAA Tournament win away from Durham in eight tries over 11 years. Davis was the ACC Player of the Week on Feb. 18 and March 4, the Womenslax.com and Womenslacrosse.com Player of the Week on Feb. 18 and named to the Womenslacrosse.com Weekly Honor Roll on March 4. The native of Skaneateles, N.Y., now leads Duke with 55 goals, 70 points and 120 shots this year. She is currently fourth on the Duke records list for goals in a season, seventh for career goals, tied for eighth for season points and tied for seventh for career points.
Imbesi had one of her strongest games of the season, posting nine saves on the afternoon against the Hoyas. That included four stops in the final 1:32 as the Blue Devils held onto the 10-8 lead that would hold up as the final score. In Duke’s last four games, Imbesi has made 32 saves for a .478 save percentage and an 8.835 goals against average. The product of Bridgewater, N.J., holds a .407 save percentage and a 10.36 goals against average for the season.
Duke will play No. 3 seed Maryland on Saturday in the NCAA quarterfinals. The game will be played at 1:00 p.m., in College Park, Md. If the Blue Devils are able to advance, the NCAA Tournament concludes with the semifinals on May 23 and final on May 25 at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Md.