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Duke Places Four on IWLCA All-America Squad
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/30/2011
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association has named four Duke women's lacrosse student-athletes to the 2011 IWLCA All-America squad as announced by the organization Monday, May 30. Blue Devil attackers Emma Hamm and Christie Kaestner earned first team honors, while midfielders Kat Thomas and Kim Wenger were selected to the second team.

Hamm, a third team All-America selection in 2009, garnered first team distinction this season after leading the Blue Devils in both goals (51) and draw controls (71). The Wayne, Pa., native set career highs in 2011 with 51 goals, 25 assists, 76 points and 71 draw controls, earning All-ACC accolades and recognition as a Tewaaraton finalist. In her career, Hamm has started 62 games and holds the Duke career record for draw controls (176) while ranking second in the school record books with 65 assists.

With a Duke single-season record 47 assists in 2011, Kaestner, a senior from Trappe, Md., earned her first career All-America honors. Kaestner led the league in assists per game average, totaling eight contests this season with three or more assists. In four seasons with the Blue Devils, she has accumulated 191 points on 93 goals and 99 assists and ranks ninth all-time in points, 15th in goals and second in assists for a career.

Junior midfielder Thomas registered a career-high 45 goals this season is second on the team as the Latham, N.Y., native makes her first appearance on the IWLCA All-America squad. For the season, Thomas registered nine games with three or more goals, earning ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors on two occasions this season. Over three years at Duke, Thomas has totaled 104 goals and 149 draw controls, twice gathering All-ACC and All-South accolades.

First-time All-America pick Wenger turned in a career year in her junior campaign with 18 goals, 21 assists, 28 ground balls, 31 draw controls and 20 caused turnovers. An All-ACC honoree, Wenger recorded at least one point in 16 contests and was one of just two conference players to earn both Offensive and Defensive ACC Player of the Week accolades this season.

Duke ended the year with a 15-5 overall record, advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in program history, and will return 27 letterwinners for the 2012 season.


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