DURHAM, N.C. – Three Blue Devils have been named to the 2014 Tewaaraton Award women’s watch list presented by Panama Jack, as announced by the organization Thursday evening. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea, junior attacker Kerrin Maurer and senior defender Taylor Virden each garnered the early recognition for the award, which is presented annually to the top male and female collegiate lacrosse players.
The watch lists include the top players across all three divisions of collegiate lacrosse and highlight early contenders for the 2014 Tewaaraton Award. Duke has had at least two players named to the Tewaaraton watch list each season since the award's inception in 2001 with former Blue Devil Katie Chrest earning the prestigious honor following the 2005 season.
Duryea, a product of Beverly, Mass., made her first appearance on the Tewaaraton watch list after collecting IWLCA second team All-America honors a year ago. The sophomore netminder is tied for ninth in the nation in saves (31) and ranks second in the ACC in saves per game (7.75) through four contests this season. An All-ACC and second team IWLCA All-South Region selection as a rookie last season, Duryea owns an 8.74 goals against average and .484 save percentage between the pipes this spring.
A native of Setauket, N.Y., Maurer was tabbed a Tewaaraton Award nominee in 2013 and went on to receive second team All-South Region and All-ACC accolades. Duke’s points leader a season ago, she has returned to guide the attack once again this spring, leading the way with 23 points on 15 goals and eight assists. Maurer currently ranks third in the ACC with an average of 5.75 points per game and is tied for second with two game-winning goals already on the season.
Virden, who hails from Ellicott City, Md., was also a Tewaaraton Award nominee a year ago in addition to earning first team All-America recognition from the IWLCA. A four-year starter on the Blue Devils’ defense, she has paced the team so far this spring in draw controls (13), ground balls (11) and caused turnovers (6) and is tied for second in the conference with 2.75 ground balls per game. A first team All-South Region and All-ACC pick in 2013, Virden ranks sixth all-time in program history with 135 draw controls for her career.
A selection committee comprised of top collegiate coaches will make additions to the list as the season progresses. In late April, both lists will be narrowed to 25 Tewaaraton Nominees. In early May, the five finalists in each category will be announced. These finalists will be invited to the Tewaaraton Award Ceremony, which will take place May 29 in Washington, D.C.
Sixth-ranked Duke kicks off ACC action Saturday, March 1 in a 1 p.m. contest against No. 3 Maryland at Koskinen Stadium.