DURHAM, N.C. - Four Duke women's lacrosse student-athletes have earned Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-South Region honors as announced by the organization Thursday, May 24. Redshirt senior Emma Hamm and senior Kim Wenger garnered first team recognition, while senior Mollie Mackler and sophomore Taylor Virden were named to the second team.
The first team honors are the second for both Hamm and Wenger. Virden gathered her first all-region selection this season as Mackler collected her second, second team nod in as many years. Duke was one of just five programs to have two players pick up first team All-South Region honors, joining Florida, Georgetown, Maryland and North Carolina, and one of just four schools with four or more players earning all-region accolades.
Hamm, a 2012 All-ACC choice and 2011 first team All-American, ended her four years as Duke's all-time leader in draw controls for a career (265). She paced the Blue Devils with 89 draw controls in 2012, breaking her own school single-season record set just last year. Her average of 4.68 draw controls led the ACC and also ranked 13th nationally as Hamm had at least two draw controls in every game this season and posted seven contests with six or more. In addition, the Wayne, Pa., native totaled 40 points on 20 goals and 20 assists in 2012, while also leading the team in caused turnovers (19). For her career, Hamm played in 81 games, starting every contest, and amassed 118 goals and 85 assists for 203 points. The only Blue Devil to total 75 or more goals, assists, draw controls, ground balls and caused turnovers for a career, she ranks eighth all-time in points, 13th in goals and third in assists.
A second team All-America choice in 2011, Wenger turned in a career year during her senior campaign with career highs in points (43), goals (25) and draw controls (50). The two-time All-ACC selection started all 19 matches in the Duke midfield, recording eight multi-goal games. With three points in the regular season finale, she became the 18th Blue Devil to top the 100-point plateau for a career. Over the past four years, the Malvern, Pa., native accumulated 103 points on 59 goals and 44 assists, and sits in the top-20 in the Duke record books for all three categories. Along with Hamm and senior Kat Thomas, she is one of just seven Blue Devils to collect over 100 points and 100 draw controls for a career.
Duke's starting goaltender in all 19 games, Mackler anchored a Blue Devil defense that ranked 11th nationally allowing opponents 8.89 goals per game. The 2012 All-ACC pick totaled 134 saves on 370 shots and led the league in saves per game (7.05 spg). A native of Longmeadow, Mass., she sported a career-best 8.56 goals against average this season, the lowest by a Blue Devil goalie since 2006. Her .450 save percentage also marked a career-best as Mackler registered nine games with nine or more saves, including an 18-save performance against Georgetown. She finished the season as one of just three Division I goalies to average over seven saves per game and also post a goals against average below nine. For her career, Mackler played in 54 games, starting 46, and totaled 382 saves to go along with a 9.32 goals against average and .465 save percentage.
Virden was a key contributor on Duke's defensive unit all year, helping the Blue Devils post their lowest team goals against average in six seasons. The Ellicott City, Md., native ranked second on the team in both ground balls (23) and caused turnovers (15) and third on the squad in draw controls (29) in her second season as a starter. She picked up three-plus ground balls in four contests and had three games with at least four draw controls. Virden also chipped in with two goals and an assist on the season. After two years at Duke, she has appeared in 39 games with 37 starts to her credit, amassing 68 draw controls, 49 ground balls and 33 caused turnovers in that span.
Duke ended the 2012 season with a 12-7 overall record and 3-2 mark in conference play. The Blue Devils earned the No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and defeated No. 10 Virginia in the opening round before falling to No. 2 Northwestern in the quarterfinals.