Each day from December 19th-December 29th, GoDuke.com will profile its top 11 stories of 2011. On the final day, a special edition of GoDuke Weekly will feature video highlights of all 11 stories.
3. Women’s Soccer – 2011 Season
Unranked in the preseason polls, the Blue Devil women’s soccer team enjoyed the most successful season in school history with a run to the NCAA Championship match.
Under the direction of National Coach of the Year honoree Robbie Church, Duke won a school single-season record 22 matches, captured the ACC regular season championship and reached the finals of the NCAA Tournament before falling to Stanford, 1-0. The Blue Devils finished the year with a 22-4-1 overall record.
Sophomores Natasha Anasi (1st team) and Kaitlyn Kerr (3rd team) both earned All-America honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Freshman Kelly Cobb led the Blue Devils in scoring with 31 points on 11 goals and nine assists, followed by Kerr (11-5=27) and sophomore Mollie Pathman (6-11=23). Junior goalkeeper Tara Campbell carded a school single-season record 13 shutouts.
4. Directors’ Cup Finish
5. Duke Basketball Visits China & Dubai
6. Seven ACC Player of the Year Honorees
7. Duke Athletics Hall of Fame
8. Duke Men’s Golf – 2010-11 Season
9. Selected No. 1 in NBA Draft
10. Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse Advance To Final Four
11. Academic Achievement