DURHAM, N.C. – Another set of academic accolades rolled in Tuesday for the Duke women’s soccer program, as Blue Devil senior Kayla McCoy and Taylor Racioppi were tabbed United Soccer Coaches Scholar All-Americans, the organization announced.
McCoy, who was named a First Team Scholar All-American, landed the honor for the second-straight season after earning Second Team laurels in 2017. She joins Christie McDonald (2007-08) and Christina Gibbons (2015-16) as the only players in school history to earn the honor multiple times. Racioppi was named a Third Team Scholar All-American, giving DWS eight players to reel in the award in program history.
As members of the winningest senior class in program history, McCoy and Racioppi turned in outstanding senior campaigns in 2018, helping lead the No. 4 seed Blue Devils to their 24th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and ninth as a national seed. The two combined for 21 goals and 10 assists, spearheading Duke’s eighth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16.
Over their four years, the duo has led Duke to a pair of College Cup showings (2015 & 2017), along with an NCAA Quarterfinal showing in 2016 and this year’s Round of 16 appearance.
McCoy made the most of her final season with the Blue Devils, leading the team with 12 goals and 32 points, along with eight assists. Her goals total is tied for first in the ACC, while her 32 points are second. The All-ACC First Team selection went on a tear through the league slate, recording eight goals, a league high, and posting 19 points, good for second in the conference. McCoy, who recorded at least one point in all but six matches this season, also made strides up the DWS record book. The forward finished third with 15-career game-winning goals, fourth with 38 scores and 92 points and fifth with five multi-goal performances. She was also one of the most decorated Blue Devils in NCAA Tournament history, finishing second in program history in postseason play with 18 points, third with seven goals and tied for seventh with four assists.
A native of Ocean Township, N.J., Racioppi also put together a standout senior campaign, scoring a career-high nine goals and earning 20 points. Her nine scores finished tied for seventh in the league, with six of those goals came in ACC action. That total was third in the conference. The All-ACC Second Team selection also made waves on the national level this season, as her bending game-winning score at Clemson landed at No. 8 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays. On the career side, Racioppi finished her Blue Devil career with 221 shots taken, which stands sixth in DWS history.
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