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Courtesy: Duke Athletics
Women's Lacrosse Places Two on All-South Region Team
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/12/2017
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women's lacrosse program featured a pair of players on the 2017 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-South Region second team, as announced by the organization Friday. Junior midfielder Maddie Crutchfield and senior defender Maura Schwitter were selected for the honor, with both receiving all-region recognition for the second consecutive season.

A native of Concord, N.H., Crutchfield led the charge for Duke offensively during the second half of the season. She registered at least two points in each of the Blue Devils' final seven contests, turning in six points at No. 17 Boston College and seven points against No. 16 Northwestern. Crutchfield led the squad in goals (32) and ranked second in points (49), assists (17) and ground balls (29). She was also crucial on the draw, with her 33 draw controls including a career-best seven-draw effort March 4 against Virginia Tech.

A solid junior campaign saw Crutchfield move 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. For her performances, Crutchfield was named to the All-ACC second team.

Schwitter spearheaded an experienced defensive unit in 2017 and continued to put up impressive numbers in her final collegiate season. A product of Oradell, N.J., she surpassed the 100 draw control milestone for her career this spring, making her one of just nine players in program history to total 100 career draw controls and 50 caused turnovers. Schwitter ranked among the ACC leaders in ground balls per game (2.44) while leading Duke in that category. She also paced the Blue Devils in caused turnovers (22) and ranked second on the squad in draw controls (50).

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 to the All-ACC first team, garnering all-conference recognition for the second straight year.

Student-athletes selected to the IWLCA All-Region teams are eligible for inclusion on the organization's All-America teams, which will be announced May 17.

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