Duke Women's Lacrosse BIO
23 Taylor Virden
2013: Started 19 games on defense as a junior … First team All-America selection by the IWLCA and WomensLax.com … First Blue Devil defender to garner IWLCA All-America accolades since 2008 … Also a first team IWLCA All-South Region and All-ACC honoree as well as a Tewaaraton Award nominee … Led Duke in draw controls (54) and ranked second in ground balls (32) and caused turnovers (18) … Concluded the spring ranked fifth in the ACC in draw controls per game (2.84), sixth in ground balls per game (1.68) and seventh in caused turnovers per game (0.95) … Registered a career-best six draw controls against Vanderbilt (March 2) … Picked up a career-high five ground balls in a win over Richmond (Feb. 15) … Recorded multiple caused turnovers in five contests … Helped the Blue Devil defense limit 11 opponents to single-digit scoring and earn a third-place ranking in the ACC … Served as a team captain … Named to the All-ACC Academic Team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2012: Played in all 19 games in 2012, starting 18 ... Second team All-South Region honoree ... Totaled 23 ground balls on the season for the second-highest mark on the squad ... Also ranked second on the team in caused turnovers (15) and third in draw controls (29) ... Netted two goals, scoring against Richmond and Penn ... Matched a season-high with four draw controls to lead Duke past No. 10 Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament ... Also picked up two ground balls in the contest ... Named to the All-ACC Academic Team and the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2011: Assumed a starting role on defense as a rookie, playing in all 20 games and starting 19 ... ranked third on the team with 39 draw controls, while totaling 26 ground balls, the fourth-highest mark on the squad in 2011 ... Also contributed 18 caused turnovers, the fifth-best Blue Devil total last season ... In addition, chipped in four goals ... Garnered ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors on Mar. 29 after tallying two ground balls, two draw controls, two caused turnovers and a goal to lead Duke past Virginia ... Added goals against Georgetown, Virginia Tech and Dartmouth as well ... Earned All-ACC Academic Team honors ... Named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.