DURHAM, N.C. – Another pair of postseason awards belong to the Duke Blue Devils, as freshman Delaney Graham and senior Kayla McCoy earned TopDrawerSoccer Best XI honors.
The honor is the second for McCoy, who was named Freshman Best XI First Team in 2015. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native was named Best XI Third Team, making her the ninth player in program history to land a Best XI postseason honor from TopDrawerSoccer.
McCoy’s award adds to an already impressive list of honors accumulated after a fantastic senior season. The Duke attacker has been named All-ACC First Team, a United Soccer Coaches First Team All-American and First Team Scholar All-American, along with a spot on the Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team.
Graham, who was named ACC All-Freshman earlier this year, is the 10th Blue Devil in program history to be tabbed to TopDrawerSoccer’s Freshman Best XI. Her second team honor gives the Blue Devils a Freshman Best XI honor for the fourth-straight season.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Graham put together a fantastic rookie season on the Blue Devil backline, playing in all 22 matches with 21 starts and recording 1,826 minutes. Graham went the full time in 15 matches, cementing her spot as one of the pillars of a Duke defense that racked up 11 clean sheets this season. Of those 11, four came in ACC play, which is tied for seventh in the Duke record books. Graham also played a role in the Blue Devils’ offensive success, recording a pair of assists and her first-career goal in Duke’s NCAA Round of 16 showdown at No. 1 Georgetown.
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.
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