DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke women's lacrosse team wrapped up yet another successful season in 2012, posting a 12-7 record to go along with the program's eighth consecutive trip to the NCAA quarterfinals. The Blue Devils reached the NCAA Tournament for the 15th straight season and finished the year ranked sixth in the final IWLCA poll.
Hamm, Wenger Named to IWLCA All-America Lists
Redshirt senior Emma Hamm and senior Kim Wenger earned IWLCA All-America honors in 2012. Wenger garnered second team recognition, while Hamm was named to the third team. The honor marked the second All-America distinction for Wenger and the third for Hamm. Duke was one of 12 schools with multiple All-America honors this season. 2012 also marked the 14th straight year the Blue Devils had two or more players receive All-America accolades.
Duke Makes 15th NCAA Tournament Appearance
The Blue Devils went 1-1 in NCAA Tournament action this season, topping Virginia 11-9 in the opening round before falling, 12-7, to No. 2 seed and eventual national champion Northwestern in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils' at-large bid in 2012 marked the program's 15th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament as Duke is one of six programs with consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances of six or more, joining Maryland (23), Virginia (17) Northwestern (8), North Carolina (7) and Penn (6). Following this year's results, the Blue Devils are 17-15 (.531) all-time in the postseason event.
Three Blue Devils Earn All-ACC Honors
Emma Hamm, Mollie Mackler and Kim Wenger garnered 2012 All-ACC honors, marking Duke's 13th straight season with three or more honorees. The accolade was the first for Mackler and the third for Hamm, who also gather All-ACC recognition in 2008 and 2011, while Wenger made her second appearance on the list after also earning the honor in 2011.
Blue Devils vs. the ACC
With wins over Boston College, Maryland and Virginia Tech, Duke posted a 3-2 record this season in ACC competition, finishing second in the league standings for the second consecutive season and fourth time overall. Taylor Trimble led the team with 11 goals in five ACC contests, while Emma Hamm (7g, 5a) and Kim Wenger (5g, 7a) both chipped in a team-high 12 points. In goal, Mollie Mackler started all five matches and led the ACC in save percentage (.417) and saves per game (6.0 spg) in conference games.
Blue Devils Strong on Defense
The Blue Devils' defense ranked 10th nationally in scoring defense, limiting 13 opponents to single digit scoring. Duke did not permit an opponent to score in double figures from February 25-March 17, a string of six consecutive games. That streak is tied for second longest in program history. In addition, Duke allowed opponents just 8.89 goals per game, marking the Blue Devils' first season with a team goals against average under nine since 2006.
Hamm Leaves as One of Duke's Best
Redshirt senior attacker Emma Hamm, a Tewaaraton Award finalist and three-time All-American, left her mark on the Duke record books. In four seasons, she amassed a school record 265 draw controls, a mark which also ranks sixth on the NCAA career chart. The Wayne, Pa., native finished her career ranked eighth in points (203), 13th in goals (118), third in assists (85), 18th in ground balls (118) and seventh in caused turnovers (90) for a career at Duke. Hamm is the 14th player in school history to top the 100-goal plateau, the fifth to record 75-plus career assists and the fourth to achieve both. The three-time All-ACC pick is also the first player in program history to total over 75 career goals, assists, ground balls, draw controls and caused turnovers.
Wenger Reaches Century Mark
Senior Kim Wenger collected three points in the regular season finale against Penn to become the 18th Blue Devil to top the 100-point plateau in a career. During her four years in Durham, the two-time All-American amassed 103 points on 59 goals and 44 assists and completed her career ranked 18th in points, 20th in goals and 13th in assists in the Duke records.
Thomas Returns from Injury
Despite missing 13 games this past season due to injury, senior Kat Thomas still finished her career ranked in the top-20 at Duke in points, goals and draw controls. A two-time All-ACC choice and 2011 All-American, Thomas collected 120 points, 111 goals and 162 draw controls. At the end of her four years, she ranks fourth at Duke in draw controls, 14th in goals and 17th in points.
Senior Trio Joins Select Group
Emma Hamm, Kim Wenger and Kat Thomas are part of an elite group in Duke history. All three totaled over 100 points and 100 draw controls for a career. Only seven Blue Devils have ever accomplished this feat: Carolyn Davis, Katie Chrest, Caroline Cryer, Hamm, Rachel Sanford, Thomas and Wenger.
Mackler Anchors Blue Devil Defense
Senior goaltender Mollie Mackler posted a career-best 8.56 goals against average this season, the lowest mark by a Blue Devil goalie since Megan Huether recorded a 7.34 goals against average in 2006. In addition, the Longmeadow, Mass., native (gaa, spg) was one of just three Division I goalies this season to sport a goal against average under nine while also averaging seven or more saves per game.
Freshmen Make Immediate Impact
One of the more diverse groups to matriculate at Duke, nine freshmen from eight different states comprised the Class of 2015. All nine of the Blue Devil rookies saw playing time with four entering the starting lineup at least once this year. Kerrin Maurer and Taylor Trimble earned their first career starts in the season opener against Bucknell, while Erin Tenneson started against Virginia and Gabby Moise at North Carolina.
Maurer Leads Duke Offense
Freshman Kerrin Maurer led Duke in both assists (24) and points (49) to become just the fourth rookie to lead the Blue Devils in points, joining Katie Chrest (2003), Tricia Martin (1997) and Meghan McLaughlin (1996). Maurer began her career with a five-assist performance in the season opener against Bucknell, tying the school single-game record, and set the Duke freshman single season record with 24 assists on the year. In addition, Maurer's total of 49 points ranks tied for third in the Blue Devil freshman record books.
Maurer, Trimble Form Dynamic Duo
Freshman Kerrin Maurer paced the Blue Devils with 49 points in 2012, while classmate Taylor Trimble was tops on the team with 28 goals. Maurer (25g, 24a) and Trimble (28g, 2a) combined for 79 points this season. Only one other freshmen duo - Emma Hamm and Sarah Bullard in 2008 - combined for more points in program history.