DURHAM, N.C. – Honors keep rolling in for the 2017 Duke women’s soccer squad, as five Blue Devils earned postseason laurels from TopDrawerSoccer.com Wednesday, the organization announced.
The five Best XI Team honorees are the most of any program in the country. Rebecca Quinn led the way with Best XI First Team honors, while Imani Dorsey and Schuyler DeBree landed second team laurels. Ella Stevens, who was named Freshman Best XI First Team in 2016, earned third team honors. Taylor Mitchell rounded out the list by securing a spot on the Freshman Best XI First Team.
Duke’s five honorees are the most in school history in a single season, besting the previous mark of three set in 2008, 2009 and 2015.
One of the top players in the world and a bronze medalist for the Canadian National Team in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Quinn closed out her collegiate career as one of the best to wear the Duke Blue and White. The redshirt senior was named the 2017 ACC Midfielder of the Year, becoming the first player in school history to receive the honor. The Toronto native has scored three goals this season, tying a career high, while setting a new career best with 10 points. Quinn was also tabbed a semifinalist for the MAC Hermann Trophy.
Dorsey, the 2017 ACC Offensive Player of the Year and Duke’s other semifinalist for the 2017 MAC Hermann Trophy, was the senior leader of a dominant Duke attack in 2017. Dorsey paced a Blue Devil offense that finished second nationally in points with 171 and third with 60 goals. The Blue Devils tallied a 2.31 scoring offense that was ninth nationally, while their 51 assists came in at sixth. Dorsey’s 14 scores finished 12th nationally, helping a Duke offense that has produced the nation’s ninth-best scoring offense with 2.31 goals per game. The Elkridge, Md., native was also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-America honoree.
Commanding one of the best backlines in the country has been DeBree, the 2017 ACC Defensive Player of the Year. DeBree started all 26 matches this season, playing a team-high 2,341 minutes and going the full time in 22 contests. The Fair Haven, N.J., native has led a defensive unit that has shut out a school-record 18 opponents this season, including a program best eight ACC foes. DeBree also contributed a goal, as she scored the first of her career off a 45-yard free kick at Boston College (Oct. 19), landing at No. 6 on SportsCenter’s Top 10.
Stevens rounded out year two of her DWS career playing in all 26 contests while scoring five goals and tallying a team-high 11 assists for a total of 21 points. The sophomore’s 11 dimes rounded out at sixth in the nation, pacing a Blue Devil offense that racked up 51 assists on the year, also finishing the year sixth nationally. She recorded four assists during the 2017 NCAA Tournament, moving her career total in postseason play to six to move her into a tie for second in the school record book.
Mitchell capped a stellar freshman year on one of the nation’s best defensive lines, playing in all 26 contests (23 starts) and playing 2,165 minutes. The freshman joins fellow teammates Stevens (2016), Kayla McCoy (2015) and Taylor Racioppi (2015) as one of the nine Blue Devils to earn Freshman Best XI honors from TopDrawerSoccer.
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