Duke Women's Lacrosse BIO
23 Taylor Virden
Career: Two-time first team All-America selection on defense … The first Blue Devil defender to garner All-America recognition since 2008 and the first Duke player to earn back-to-back first team All-America honors since 2009 … Three-time All-South Region pick and two-time All-ACC selection and Tewaaraton Award nominee … Finished her career ranked second all-time at Duke in draw controls with 184 … Also ranks ninth in program history in career caused turnovers (77) and 16th in career ground balls (121) … As a senior, became the 26th player in school history to top the 100 ground ball mark for her career … Tied for eighth all-time at Duke in career games started (75) … Owns career single-game highs of five ground balls, six draw controls and four caused turnovers … Also posted six goals and two assists over her four seasons … Guided Duke to four consecutive NCAA quarterfinals appearances, including a trip to the national semifinals in 2011 ... Team captain as a senior (2014) … A four-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree … Also a four-year member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll and a two-time IWLCA Academic Honor Roll selection.
2014: Named an IWLCA and WomensLax.com first team All-American for the second-straight year … Also collected first team IWLCA All-South Region and first team All-ACC accolades in addition to being named a Tewaaraton Award nominee … Anchored a defense that finished the season ranked fifth in the ACC, allowing opponents 9.84 goals per game … The defensive unit also held opponents to single-digit scoring 10 times on the season ... Led the Blue Devils in draw controls (62) and caused turnovers (28) while ranking second in ground balls (40) … Her 62 draw controls ranked tied for fifth on Duke’s single-season chart … Ranked second in the ACC in caused turnovers per contest (1.47) while also coming in at fifth in ground balls per game (2.11) and seventh in draw controls (3.26) … Concluded the season ranked 35th in the nation in caused turnovers per game … Notched a career-high four caused turnovers against Davidson (3/13) … Matched a career-high with six draw controls in an ACC regular season victory over Virginia (3/22) … Also topped the 100 ground ball mark for her career against the Cavaliers, becoming the 26th player at Duke to achieve the feat … Tallied an assist at Syracuse (3/29) … Tabbed the ACC Defensive Player of the Week April 22 after helping the defense hold third-ranked North Carolina to its second-lowest scoring output of the season in a 7-6 overtime victory … Posted two ground balls and one caused turnover in that contest while helping Duke win the draw control category by a 9-8 margin … Totaled 10 ground balls, six draw controls and six caused turnovers in three NCAA Tournament contests … Selected a team captain … Earned a spot on the All-ACC Academic Team, ACC Academic Honor Roll and the IWLCA Academic Honor Roll.
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.