DURHAM, N.C. – Duke senior defender Maura Schwitter and junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield were among the 24 players to be selected to the 2017 All-ACC Women's Lacrosse teams, as announced by the conference office Wednesday.
Both Schwitter and Crutchfield garnered all-conference recognition for the second consecutive season, with Schwitter earning a spot on the first team and Crutchfield on the second team.
An experienced member of the Blue Devils' defensive unit, Schwitter has continued to put up impressive numbers in her final collegiate season. The Oradell, N.J., native recently surpassed the 100 draw control milestone for her career, making her one of just nine players in program history to total 100 career draw controls and 50 caused turnovers. This spring, Schwitter ranks among the ACC leaders in ground balls per game (2.44) while leading Duke in that category. She also paces the Blue Devils in caused turnovers (19) and ranks second on the squad in draw controls (48).
Schwitter notched a career-high seven ground balls March 18 at Penn and followed up that performance with a career-high four caused turnover outing at Virginia March 25. She was tabbed the ACC Defensive Player of the Week February 21 for an impressive individual effort in a win over No. 12 Stanford in the Patriot Cup.
Crutchfield, who hails from Concord, N.H., has come on strong through the second half of the season. She has tallied at least two points in each of Duke's last seven contests, turning in six points at No. 17 Boston College and seven points against No. 16 Northwestern. Crutchfield enters the postseason leading the Blue Devils in goals (32) and ranked second on the team in points (49), assists (17) and ground balls (29). She has also been key on the draw, with her 33 draw controls including a career-best seven-draw effort March 4 against Virginia Tech.
Crutchfield joined Schwitter in earning ACC weekly honors February 21 after netting a career-high five goals in the victory over the Cardinal. A solid junior campaign has moved Crutchfield into the top 25 on Duke's all-time list in career points, assists, free position goals and draw controls. Earlier this spring, she became the 26th player in program history to reach the 100-point mark for her career.
The Blue Devils (8-8, 1-6 ACC) received the No. 8 seed in this week's ACC Championship and will take on top seed North Carolina (13-2, 6-1 ACC) in Thursday's quarterfinals. The 11 a.m. contest will be broadcast on RSN and ACC Network Extra from Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond, Va.