DURHAM, N.C. – A trio of Blue Devils has been selected to the 2017 Tewaaraton Award women’s watch list, which features the top 50 players considered early contenders for the sport’s highest individual accolade.
Junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield, junior attacker Kyra Harney and senior defender Maura Schwitter were all named to the initial list, giving the Duke program at least two players on the Tewaaraton watch list each year since the award’s inception in 2001. Former Blue Devil Katie Chrest received the prestigious honor following the 2005 season.
A second team Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-America pick and a Tewaaraton Award nominee last spring, Crutchfield ranks third in the ACC in ground balls per game (3.00) through Duke’s first five contests. She enters the second weekend of conference play ranked second on the team in goals (11) and third in points (13) after registering a career-best five tallies to lead the Blue Devils past No. 12 Stanford Feb. 20. The performance earned her ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Harney joined Crutchfield as an All-America selection in 2016, garnering third team recognition as Duke’s leading scorer. This spring, she ranks among the ACC leaders in assists per game (1.80) and paces the Blue Devils in that category (9) as well as in points (18). Harney owns two hat tricks on the season and matched her career high with four assists in the Feb. 20 win over the Cardinal.
Schwitter rounded out the Duke trio on the Tewaaraton Award watch list after receiving first team All-ACC distinction a year ago. The veteran defender ranks second on the team and seventh in the ACC with 17 draw controls in five games. Schwitter is also tied for second on the squad in caused turnovers (6) and is third in ground balls (12). She helped the Blue Devils sweep the ACC Player of the Week honors following the win over No. 12 Stanford, securing Defensive Player of the Week recognition with one goal, three ground balls and four draw controls against the Cardinal.
Ninth-ranked Duke continue ACC action this weekend, welcoming Virginia Tech to Koskinen Stadium Saturday at 1 p.m. The contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.