DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s lacrosse squad enjoyed yet another successful campaign in 2011, capping off a 15-5 overall record with the program’s sixth trip to the NCAA semifinals. After receiving its 14th consecutive bid to the NCAA Tournament, Duke recorded wins over ninth-ranked Penn and fourth-ranked Florida in the opening and quarterfinal rounds, respectively, and finished the season ranked fourth in the final IWLCA poll.
HONORS & AWARDS
• Tewaaraton Trophy: Emma Hamm (Finalist), Christie Kaestner (nominee), Kat Thomas (nominee), Sarah Bullard (watch list)
• IWLCA All-America: Emma Hamm (1st team), Christie Kaestner (1st team), Kat Thomas (2nd team), Kim Wenger (2nd team)
• All-South Region: Emma Hamm (1st team), Christie Kaestner (1st team), Kat Thomas (1st team), Kim Wenger (1st team), Lauren Martin (2nd team), Mollie Mackler (2nd team)
• All-ACC: Emma Hamm, Christie Kaestner, Kat Thomas, Kim Wenger
• ACC Offensive Player of the Week: Emma Hamm (Mar. 22), Kat Thomas (Mar. 29; Apr. 12), Kim Wenger (Apr. 18)
• ACC Defensive Player of the Week: Mollie Mackler (Mar. 15), Taylor Virden (Mar. 29), Kim Wenger (Apr. 12)
• NCAA All-Tournament Team: Emma Hamm, Mollie Mackler
• Captains: Sarah Bullard, Virginia Crotty, Emma Hamm
HAMM NAMED TEWAARATON FINALIST
• Redshirt junior and tri-captain Emma Hamm was named one of five finalists for the 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded annually to the nation’s top men’s and women’s lacrosse player.
• The Wayne, Pa., native is the fifth Tewaaraton finalist in Duke women’s lacrosse history, joining Kate Kaiser (2001), Katie Chrest (2005 & 2006), Caroline Cryer (2007) and Carolyn Davis (2009).
• Katie Chrest is the only Blue Devil to bring home the award, earning the honor in 2005.
• Injury forced Hamm to miss the 2010 season, but she returned in 2011 to set career highs in goals (51), assists (25), points (76) and draw controls (70).
• Duke’s leader in goals and draw controls, Hamm captured All-ACC honors for the second time in her career while registering three or more goals in 11 contests this season and recording eight games with at least five points.
• A three-year starter with the Blue Devils, she holds the Duke record with 176 career draw controls and ranks second in the school record books with 65 career assists.
WENGER NAMED LOVE UNSUNG HERO
• Junior Kim Wenger was named the inaugural recipient of the Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes a male and female student-athlete who serve as leaders and help their teams succeed in ways that don’t normally garner attention.
• The award is named in the memory of Virginia’s Yeardley Love, who was known for her leadership and strength of character.
• In 2011, Wenger earned All-ACC, All-South and second team All-America honors after setting career highs in goals (18), assists (21), points (39) and draw controls (31).
BLUE DEVILS IN THE ACC
• Duke finished the 2011 ACC regular season with a 4-1 record.
• The Blue Devils lost to Maryland in the conference opener on Feb. 26, but won four straight league games to secure the No. 2 seed in the ACC Tournament.
• The Blue Devils’ four conference victories this season tied the program high, also matched in 2006 and 2007.
• The Blue Devils are 34-27 (.557) all-time in the ACC dating back to Duke’s inaugural 1996 season.
• Since 2003, Duke is 27-13 (.675) in regular-season conference matchups. In their first seven seasons as a varsity program (1996-2002), the Blue Devils posted a 6-15 (.286) mark in the ACC regular season.
• Duke is 19-12 (.613) at home against ACC foes, and its record jumps to 13-6 (.684) at Koskinen Stadium since 2003.
• The Devils are 16-15 (.516) in road conference matchups.
• Since the ACC expanded to six teams in 2006, Duke has posted three or more conference wins in five of six seasons.
• The Blue Devils have finished above .500 in ACC regular season play in eight of the last nine seasons.
FIRST HALF SUCCESS
• The Blue Devils have dominated the first half this season, outscoring opponents 161-92 in the opening period.
• Despite Duke’s first half dominance, the Blue Devils have scored the first goal of the game in only seven contests this past season.
vs. RANKED OPPONENTS
• The Blue Devils took on 14 ranked opponents during the 2011 season, recording a 9-5 mark against top-20 teams in 2011.
• Duke is 94-61 (.609) all-time against ranked opponents.
• The Blue Devils are 29-28 (.509) against ACC teams ranked in the top-20 and boast a 65-33 (.663) mark when facing a ranked non-conference opponent.
• In 2011, the Blue Devils posted a 7-0 record at home against teams ranked in the top-20.
• Prior to Duke’s loss at No. 10 Penn on Apr. 29, the Blue Devils had not lost to an opponent ranked lower than No. 5 in the nation since falling to No. 8 Georgetown on March 14, 2009.
• On March 16, 2011, Duke head coach Kerstin Kimel registered her 200th career win with Duke’s 18-8 victory over Virginia Tech at Koskinen Stadium.
• Duke’s head coach is also one of just eight active DI coaches with 200 or more career wins.
• Over 16 seasons as a head coach, Kimel has recorded 208 wins to just 105 losses.
• Kimel has served as the Blue Devils’ head coach since the program’s inception in 1996, amassing a 204-97 record at Duke.
• Kimel was the head coach at Davidson for one season prior to arriving in Durham, leading the Wildcats to a 4-8 ledger.
RIGHT AT HOME
• Duke went 10-0 at home this season to improve to 109-36 (.752) overall when playing at Koskinen Stadium.
• The Blue Devils have not lost at home since falling to No. 1 Northwestern, 19-14, on April 2, 2010.
• Duke went 4-2 in 2011 when playing true road games, with seven of the Blue Devils’ eight away contests pitting Duke against ranked opponents.
• 2011 marked the second consecutive season Duke has posted a winning road record against ranked teams
• Duke boasts a 76-42 (.644) all-time record on the road, including a 59-24 (.711) mark in non-conference match-ups.
KAESTNER HELPING OUT
• Senior Christie Kaestner led the team with a school single-season record 47 assists, while also coming in tops on the team with 80 points.
• Kaestner broke the previous record of 44, set by Kristen Waagbo in 2007, in the Blue Devils’ NCAA quarterfinal win over Florida.
• Kaestner is one of just six players in Duke history to break the 30-assist plateau in a single season.
• She is the only Blue Devil in program history to record 30+ assists in two consecutive seasons.
• Kaestner finished her career in second place in the Duke record books with 98 career assists.
HAMM & THOMAS IN CONTROL
• The Blue Devils ranked first in the ACC and seventh in the nation in draw controls, averaging 14.50 per game.
• Redshirt junior Emma Hamm and junior Kat Thomas have registered 70 and 62 draw controls, respectively.
• Both players ranked in the top-25 in the country in draw controls per game for the season.
• Hamm holds the Duke record with 176 career draw controls, while Thomas ranks fifth in the school record books (149 dc).
• Hamm and Thomas, along with Caroline Cryer (‘09) are the only Blue Devils to register 50+ draw controls in multiple seasons during their careers.
• In addition, Hamm is the only player in Duke history to win 50 or more draw controls in three consecutive seasons.
BETWEEN THE PIPES
• Junior goaltender Mollie Mackler returned from injury in 2010 to start every game this season for the Blue Devils, recording a career-high 157 saves and earning All-South Region honors.
• Mackler posted a career-high 20 saves on April 2 at No. 2 Northwestern, which was also the highest single-game total by an ACC goalie in 2011.
• The Blue Devils hold a 5-6 all-time in overtime contests following Duke’s 13-12, double-overtime victory at Brown on April 10, 2011.
• In the season opener versus Ohio State, Duke tied the program record with 13 assists against the Buckeyes; Duke also dished out 13 assists against Le Moyne on May 13, 2007. The Blue Devils’ 13 helpers in the season opener is also the top performance by an ACC squad this season.
• Duke posted nine or more assists as a team on five occasions this season -- Ohio State, William & Mary, Princeton, Virginia Tech and Saint Mary’s.
• The Blue Devils began the season with back-to-back 20+ goal games for the first time in program history, defeating Ohio State, 21-9, before earning a 20-12 decision over Richmond.
• Against the Buckeyes, Duke tied a program single game record with 13 assists, currently the highest assist total by any ACC team in a game this season.
• Duke’s 34 points versus Ohio State was also a season high by a conference squad in 2011.
• Two Blue Devil freshmen -- Molly Quirke and Taylor Virden -- assumed starting roles for the Duke, helping to solidify the Blue Devils’ young but talented defense.
• The pair also provided a spark on offense, combining for 18 goals and three assists on the season.
• Virden, who was named ACC Defensive Player of the Week on Mar. 29, ranked third on the team in draw controls (39), tied for third in ground balls (26) and fifth in caused turnovers (18).
• Quirke also reached double figures in ground balls (22) and caused turnovers (14), while registering 12 draw controls.
• In addition, true freshman Maddy Morrissey and redshirt freshman Maddie Salamone played key minutes for the Blue Devils with Morrissey chipping in five goals, two assists and 14 ground balls and Salamone contributing 15 goals, 14 draw controls and 13 ground balls as well.
FOR THE LOVE OF MEG
• The Duke women’s lacrosse team dedicated the 2011 season in memory of eight-year-old Meg Wasley, a close friend of the program who passed away in January 2011.
• In February of 2010, Wasley was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Through the Friends of Jaclyn program, Wasley was paired with the team, and the two formed an instant bond as the Duke student-athletes would visit her both at home and in the hospital. The Blue Devils would play dress up, create music videos and work on arts and crafts projects while also sharing numerous texts and phone calls. When her health would permit, Wasley would join the team on the sidelines for games as well.
• On March 19, Duke dedicated the Dartmouth game, titled “Meg’s Game,” to Wasley. The contest was followed by a ceremony to honor Wasley’s family and an open clinic. The team also held a silent auction to raise funds for the Duke Children’s Hospital in Wasley’s name.
• In tribute to Wasley, the Blue Devils will wear “MW” patches on their uniforms for the remainder of the season. The patches are green and Duke blue, Wasley’s favorite colors.
AMONG THE ELITE
• In its 16-year history, Duke has emerged as one of the elite programs in the country, winning 15 or more games in four of the last six seasons.
• The Devils have posted no fewer than 13 wins in every season since 2003.