DURHAM, N.C. – A pair of Blue Devils reeled in preseason conference honors Monday, as senior Kayla McCoy and junior Ella Stevens were named to the 11-member preseason All-ACC team following a vote by the 14 league head coaches.
This is the first preseason All-ACC honor for both players, while the Blue Devils were picked to finish fourth in the league. As a team, the reigning ACC regular season champions received 151 points, including three first-place votes.
Duke will look to keep its momentum rolling from a historical 2017 season that saw the Blue Devils finish a perfect 10-0-0 in ACC play and reach their fourth NCAA College Cup. Head coach Robbie Church returns five starters and a wealth of experience in 2018, including four of the squad’s top five scorers. Headlining the returners are all-conference selections McCoy (14 goals, seven assists, 35 points) and Stevens (11 assists, five goals and 21 points).
A First Team All-ACC selection in 2017, McCoy enters her final season after tying for the team lead in goals last year. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native recorded a goal in 12 contests last season and paced the Blue Devils with a pair of multi-goal performances. McCoy currently stands tied for seventh in the DWS record books in career game-winning goals (10) and multi-goal games (4).
Stevens enters her third season in Durham as one the squad’s veteran leaders after a 2017 campaign that saw her lead the Blue Devils in assists and stand third in points and land All-ACC Second Team laurels. Hailing from Grayson, Ga., Stevens is four assists shy of cracking Duke’s career top 10 list and is tied for 14th in career game-winnings goals (8).
McCoy, Stevens and the rest of the Blue Devils will host a pair of exhibition contests at Koskinen Stadium this week, facing off against Georgia (Thursday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. ET) and rival North Carolina (Sunday, Aug. 12 at 10 p.m.). The 2018 season officially opens at home against Ohio State, a 7 p.m. showdown on Thursday, Aug. 16.
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2018 Preseason ACC Coaches Poll
1. North Carolina (183 points, 4 first place votes)
2. Florida State (174, 5)
3. Virginia (173, 2)
4. Duke (151, 3)
5. NC State (144)
6. Clemson (120)
7. Notre Dame (111)
8. Wake Forest (104)
9. Louisville (75)
10. Boston College (72)
11. Virginia Tech (66)
12. Syracuse (40)
13. Miami (34)
14. Pitt (23)
2018 Preseason All-ACC Team
Samantha Coffey, So., M, Boston College
Sam Staab, Sr., D, Clemson
Kayla McCoy, Sr., F, Duke
Ella Stevens, Jr., M, Duke
Deyna Castellanos, Jr., F, Florida State
Natalia Kuikka, Sr., D., Florida State
Emina Ekic, So., M, Louisville
Alessia Russo, So., F, North Carolina
Tziarra King, Jr., F, NC State
Taryn Torres, So., M, Virginia
Mandy McGlynn, Jr., GK, Virginia Tech