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Release: 12/16/2015
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DURHAM, N.C. – released its annual Division I Best XI teams Wednesday with a trio of Blue Devils earning honors.  Christina Gibbons was named to the second team, while rookies Taylor Racioppi and Kayla McCoy earned Freshman honors.

Gibbons, who hails from Raleigh, N.C., helped guide the Blue Devil defense to 14 shutouts and just their third NCAA College Cup appearance.  She also made her mark on the offensive side collecting three goals, five assists and 11 points in 2015.

An All-ACC First Team honoree, Gibbons and the Duke defense allowed only five goals over its final 13 matches, including the second most shutouts in school history with 14. The 2015 NSCAA All-America registered two goals and one assist in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.  

Racioppi was selected to the Freshman First Team and McCoy to the second team.  

Coming in as a freshman, Racioppi made an immediate impact for the Blue Devils.  She notched a team-high 20 points to go along with seven goals and six assists, while also registering a team-best 86 shots.  A product of Ocean Township, N.J., Racioppi collected six assists ranked tied sixth and her seven goals was tied 13th on the Duke freshman record books.  The All-ACC Freshman selection led the squad with four game-winning goals.  

McCoy started 15-of-25 matches in 2015 and led the Duke squad with eight goals.  One of her biggest of the season came in the NCAA College Cup as she registered the game-winning goal in the first half.  A native of Lincolnwood, Ill., McCoy ranked tied eighth on the Duke freshman record charts with eight goals.  She also registered game-winning goals against Southern California and Miami.  Her 18 points ranked second on the Blue Devil team.

Duke is coming off advancing to the NCAA College Cup title match for the third time in school history, before falling to Penn State, 1-0.  The Blue Devils collected a 14-6-5 overall record, while knocking off two No. 1 seeds and a No. 2 seed on their way to the championship.  


Player of the Year: Raquel Rodriguez, Penn State

Freshman of the Year: Megan Connolly, Florida State Postseason Best XI Teams

First Team

Forwards: Savannah Jordan (Virginia), Rachel Daly (St. John's), Makenzy Doniak (Virginia)

Midfielders: Raquel Rodriguez (Penn State), Rose Lavelle (Wisconsin), Andi Sullivan (Stanford), Morgan Andrews (USC)

Defenders: Kadeisha Buchanan (West Virginia), Emily Sonnett (Virginia), Cari Roccaro (Notre Dame)

Goalkeeper: Casey Murphy (Rutgers)

Second Team

Forwards: Arielle Ship (California), Rachel Hill (Connecticut), Janine Beckie (Texas Tech)

Midfielders: Ashley Lawrence (West Virginia), Katie Bowen (North Carolina), Ashley Meier (Virginia Tech), Casie Ramsier (Auburn)

Defenders: Brianne Reed (Rutgers), Christina Gibbons (Duke), Kayla Mills (USC)

Goalkeeper: Kailen Sheridan (Clemson)

Third Team

Forwards: Tyler Lussi (Princeton), Jessie Scarpa (North Carolina), Murielle Tiernan (Virginia Tech)

Midfielders: Rachel Corboz (Georgetown), Emily Ogle (Penn State), Mikaela Harvey (Texas A&M), Megan Connolly (Florida State)

Defenders: Georgia Kearney-Perry (St. John's), Samantha Witteman (California), Erica Skroski (Rutgers)

Goalkeeper: Abby Smith (Texas)

Freshman Best XI

First Team

Forwards: Cecelia Kizer (Mississippi), Kyra Carusa (Stanford), Mimi Asom (Princeton)

Midfielders: Jordan DiBiasi (Stanford), Betsy Brandon (Virginia), Taylor Racioppi (Duke), Kaycie Tillman (Florida State)

Defenders: Kaleigh Riehl (Penn State), Alana Cook (Stanford), Julia Ashley (North Carolina)

Goalkeeper: Sarah Le Beau (Auburn)

Second Team

Forwards: Kayla McCoy (Duke), Natalie Jacobs (Notre Dame), Emily Bates (Texas A&M)

Midfielders: Victoria Pickett (Wisconsin), Natalia Kuikka (Florida State), Michelle Xiao (Stanford), Mayra Pelayo (Florida)

Defenders: Tegan McGrady (Stanford), Courtney Petersen (Virginia), Ellie Jean (Penn State)

Goalkeeper: Ella Dederick (Washington State)