DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s lacrosse team concluded the 2014 campaign with an 11-8 ledger while making the program’s 10th consecutive appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals. Head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad was selected to the NCAA Championship field for the 17th straight season and concluded the spring ranked eighth in the final Div. I national poll conducted by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA).
Blue Devils Finish Season in Top Eight
After compiling an 11-8 record and advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals for the 10th consecutive season, head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad was ranked eighth in the final Div. I national poll conducted by the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) ... Duke was also tabbed eighth in Inside Lacrosse’s final Brine Media Poll of the year.
Duke Duo Tabbed 2014 All-Americans
Senior defender Taylor Virden and junior attacker Kerrin Maurer were selected for All-America honors by the IWLCA May 20 ... Virden received first team accolades for the second consecutive season while Maurer collected the first such honor of her career, earning a spot on the second team ... Duke was one of 13 teams with multiple All-America selections on the 2014 list ... The Blue Devils have now had at least two players garner All-America recognition for 16 consecutive seasons ... Virden was also named an All-American by WomensLax.com.
Duke in the NCAA Championship
The Blue Devils earned the program’s 17th consecutive selection to the NCAA Tournament field ... Duke is 21-17 all-time in the tournament while making six trips to the national semifinals (1999, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011) ... The Blue Devils are one of five programs with consecutive appearances of 10 or more years, joining Maryland (25), Virginia (19), Northwestern (11) and North Carolina (10) ... Duke advanced to the quarterfinal round for the 10th consecutive season before falling to top seed Maryland, 15-8.
Duke in the National Landscape
In the May 27 edition of the NCAA’s Division I team statistics, the Blue Devils ranked 20th nationally in scoring offense with an average of 12.53 goals per game ... Duke also ranked among the top 30 teams in the country in points (20th, 345) and scoring margin (28th, 2.68 gpg).
Scheduling the Best
Duke’s 2014 slate featured nine teams ranked in the top 20 of the final IWLCA Coaches Poll ... The Blue Devils earned wins over No. 3 North Carolina (Apr. 16), No. 14 Notre Dame (May 11), No. 14 Virginia (March 22), No. 18 Louisville (Feb. 9) and No. 19 Stanford (May 9).
|Team||Final Rank||Gameday Rank|
Fifteen different Blue Devils scored a goal and 14 players have notched at least one assist in 2014 ... Twelve Blue Devils recorded multiple-goal games, led by junior Kerrin Maurer, who posted 10 hat tricks ... In a 25-4 season-opening victory over Elon Feb. 7, 14 different Duke players found the back of the net with Maurer tallying a career-high six markers.
Junior Kerrin Maurer tallied at least one point in a career-high 25 consecutive games dating back to the 2013 season ... The Setauket, N.Y., native scored multiple goals in 18 of 19 games this spring and recorded multiple assists nine times ... Junior midfielder Chelsea Landon (3 games) also finished the season in the midst of a career-long scoring streak.
Maurer Quarterbacks the Offense
Junior attacker Kerrin Maurer was once again one of the Blue Devils’ most dependable playmakers up front in 2014 ... She led the team in points (87), goals (58) and assists (29) and ranked second in draw controls (55) ... The Setauket, N.Y., native ranked fourth in the ACC and ninth nationally in points per game ... Maurer was also third in the conference and 12th nationally in scoring at 3.05 goals per game ... She tallied a career-high six goals in the season opener against Elon (Feb. 7) and matched her career-best single game output of eight points twice this season ... She notched a pair of five-goal performances against Louisville (Feb. 9) and Notre Dame (Apr. 11) and recorded 11 hat tricks on the season.
Virden Quick on the Draw
Duke went 7-3 this spring when winning the draw controls category ... Senior defender Taylor Virden was scrappy on the wings, leading the team with 62 draw controls ... She ranked seventh in the ACC in draws ... Virden won a career-high six draws last season against Vanderbilt (March 2, 2013) and matched that total with six against Virginia (March 22) ... The Ellicott City, Md., native moved into second on Duke’s all-time list for career draw controls against Syracuse (March 29) and concluded her career with 184 over four seasons.
Virden, Duryea Among ACC Leaders
Senior Taylor Virden and sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea anchored the defense once again in 2014 ... Duryea ranked third and Virden fifth in ground balls per game ... Duryea was also second among ACC goalkeepers with an average of 7.42 saves per game ... Virden ranked second in the league in caused turnovers per game.
Devilish on Defense
The Blue Devils’ defense ranked fifth in the ACC and 40th nationally at the conclusion of the season, allowing opponents 9.84 goals per game ... The defensive unit limited opponents to single-digit scoring 10 times on the season, including in a pair of NCAA Tournament wins against No. 19 Stanford and No. 14 Notre Dame ... Duke held Davidson to a season-low two goals March 13 ... Senior Taylor Virden ranked second in the ACC in caused turnovers per game (1.47) and was also fifth in the league in ground balls per contest (2.11) ... The Blue Devils also exhibited great speed on defense in the likes of junior Gabby Moise and freshman Maura Schwitter, while sophomore Claire Scarrone excelled after taking over a starting spot this season.
2014 Single-Digit Scoring Games by Opponent
|Team (Gameday Rank)||Date||Goals Allowed|
|Davidson (NR)||March 13||2|
|Elon (NR)||Feb. 7||4|
|North Carolina (3)||Apr. 16||6|
|Jacksonville (NR)||March 16||6|
|Virginia Tech (NR)||March 9||6|
|Virginia (14)||Apr. 24||7|
|Notre Dame (14)||May 11||8|
|Stanford (19)||May 9||8|
|William & Mary (NR)||Feb. 16||8|
|High Point (NR)||Apr. 2||9|
Duo Among Single-Season Leaders
In her third season, junior attacker Kerrin Maurer continued to etch her name into the program record books ... The Setauket, N.Y., native’s team-leading 87 points this spring rank her fourth on Duke’s single-season chart .. Maurer is also seventh on the Blue Devils’ single-season list for goals (58) and 10th in assists (29) ... Senior defender Taylor Virden was tied for fifth on the single season chart for draw controls with 62 this spring.
Blue Devils on Career Lists
Senior defender Taylor Virden and junior attacker Kerrin Maurer provided veteran experience at both ends of the field this spring ... Maurer is currently third in program history in career assists (88) and seventh in career points (206), reaching the 200-point mark at Notre Dame May 11, while junior Taylor Trimble is 20th all-time in points (112) ... Virden finished her career ranked second all-time in career draw controls with 184 ... She reached the 100-ground ball mark for her career against Virginia (March 22), becoming the 26th player in Duke history to achieve the feat.
Duryea Tops 200-Save Mark
Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea reached the 200-save plateau against Virginia Tech (March 9) ... The netminder from Beverly, Mass., totaled 143 saves on the season to give her 287 for her career ... She ranks sixth on Duke’s all-time saves chart and joins Shannon Chaney (1997-00) and Meg Huether (2003-06) as the only goalkeepers in program history to top the 200 career saves mark in their second season.
Blue Devils vs. the ACC
Duke compiled a 3-4 ledger this season in ACC competition ... The Blue Devils are 42-33 all-time in conference regular season games ... Duke finished fifth in the league standings ... The squad earned conference wins over North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech while dropping decisions to Boston College, Maryland, Notre Dame and Syracuse during the regular season ... Junior Kerrin Maurer paced the Duke attack with 23 goals in seven ACC games while senior Sydney Peterson (14g, 6a) contributed 20 points ... Senior Taylor Virden corralled a team-best 28 draw controls ... The Blue Devils tallied 11.86 goals per game in ACC regular season play while allowing 12.29 ... The squad ranked second in the ACC in caused turnovers per game (7.43) ... Goaltender Kelsey Duryea started all seven ACC games and ranked second in the league in save percentage (.407) and saves per game (8.43).