DURHAM, N.C. – Junior defender Taylor Virden and freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea have received All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA), as announced by the organization Wednesday, May 15. Virden garnered first team accolades while Duryea picked up second team recognition.
The honor marks the first All-America distinction for both Duryea and Virden. Duke is one of 11 schools with multiple All-America selections in 2013. It also marks the 15th consecutive season the Blue Devils have had at least two players receive All-America accolades.
A Tewaaraton Award nominee and first team All-South Region and All-ACC honoree already this season, Virden has turned in a career year during her junior campaign with career highs in draw controls (51) and ground balls (32). The Ellicott City, Md., native has started 18 of 19 games on the spring, helping the Duke defense hold opponents to just 8.68 goals per game. Virden and the defensive unit have also limited 11 opponents to single-digit scoring, including most recently in a 10-5 NCAA Tournament second round victory over No. 16 Navy last Sunday. Also a force on the draw, Virden set a single-game career high with six draw control wins March 2 in a win against Vanderbilt, and currently is tied for sixth on the program’s all-time list for career draw controls with 119. She is the first Duke defender to garner IWLCA All-America honors since Aiyana Newton earned the distinction in 2008.
Duryea continues to accumulate accolades as a rookie, as she joined Virden on the 2013 All-ACC squad and received second team All-South Region honors earlier this spring. A product of Beverly, Mass., she leads the ACC in saves per game (8.60) and save percentage (.506) entering this weekend’s NCAA Tournament quarterfinal matchup. Since making her collegiate debut against Maryland Feb. 24, Duryea has compiled a 10-4 record in the net and has ranked among the national leaders in saves per game and save percentage. She tallied a season-best 15 saves against ACC foe North Carolina and owns 129 saves for her career to rank sixth on the Blue Devils’ all-time chart for career saves. Duryea is also the first goalkeeper in program history to receive IWLCA All-America honors as a freshman.
Duke (14-5, 2-3 ACC) continues NCAA Tournament action Saturday, May 18 in a quarterfinal round matchup with Maryland. Game time is set for 12 p.m. in College Park, Md.