DURHAM, N.C. – After another successful season battling through one of the top conferences in the country, five members of the Duke women’s soccer program received All-ACC honors on Thursday, as announced by the league.
The Blue Devils, who finished second in the league with an 8-1-1 record, were led by senior Kayla McCoy, who was named All-ACC First Team for the second-straight season. The Lincolnwood, Ill., native becomes the 11th player in DWS history to receive multiple first team laurels and the first since Christina Gibbons did so in 2015 and 2016.
Taylor Racioppi and Ella Stevens were both named All-ACC Second Team for the second-straight year. Stevens has landed on an all-conference team all three seasons, earning All-ACC Third Team and All-Freshman Team distinctions in 2016 along with last year’s second team honor. This is Racioppi’s third conference honor, as she was also named ACC All-Freshman Team in 2015.
Delaney Graham and Sydney Simmons round out the list for the Blue Devils, receiving ACC All-Freshman Team honors. This is the eighth time the Blue Devils have landed multiple players on the All-Freshman list and the first since McCoy and Racioppi did so in 2015.
McCoy is the making the most of her final season with the Blue Devils, leading the team with 10 goals and 27 points, along with seven assists. Her points total is second in the league, while her 10 scores are tied for second. The forward went on a tear through the ACC slate, recording eight goals, a league high, and posting 19 points, good for second in the conference. McCoy, who has recorded at least one point in all but six matches this season, has also made strides up the DWS record book. She currently stands fourth with 36 goals and tied for fourth with 88 points. Her 14-career game-winning goals are tied for third, while her five multi-score performances are tied for fifth.
A native of Ocean Township, N.J., Racioppi has also put together standout senior campaign, scoring a career-high nine goals and earning 19 points. Her nine scores are tied for fourth in the league, with her points standing 10th. Six of those goals have come in league action, which is tied for third. She has tallied at least one goal in three of the last five matches, highlighted by a brace at Notre Dame to help Duke secure a 2-0 win. That was the second multi-goal game of her career and first since her collegiate debut against Fresno State in 2015. Also included in that stretch was her game-winning score at Clemson, a beautiful bending shot that landed at No. 8 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 Plays.
The Blue Devils’ assist master in 2018, Stevens has been the leader of a squad that places fourth in the ACC and 17th in the nation with 39 assists. The 2018 Preseason All-ACC selection has tallied 10 so far this year, which is one short of her career high set last season. The Grayson, Ga., native is third in the conference and ninth in the NCAA in dimes, while dropping five in league play that stands tied for third. On the career side, Stevens currently has 27 assists, which puts her fourth all-time in DWS history and 15 behind the school record held by Andi Melde (1994-97).
Graham has put together a fantastic rookie season on the Blue Devil backline, playing in all 19 matches with 18 starts and recording 1,556 minutes. The Atlanta, Ga., native has gone the full time in nine-straight matches, cementing her spot as one of the pillars of a Duke defense that has racked up nine clean sheets this season. Of those nine, four came in ACC play, which is tied for seventh in the Duke record books. Graham also played a role in the Blue Devils’ offensive success, recording a pair of assists, including one on the game-tying goal of Duke’s 3-1 win against Nebraska earlier this season.
Rounding out Duke’s conference honorees is Simmons, a freshman from Van Alstyne, Texas. The Blue Devil midfielder has played in all 19 matches, making 15 starts and playing in 1,376 minutes, including going the full time in eight contests. Simmons, who recently earned TopDrawerSoccer Team of the Week honors, has been a crucial addition to the Duke midfield, helping her side dictate tempo and pace of matches.
The Blue Devils will learn their path to the 2018 NCAA College Cup on Monday, Nov. 5 during the Women’s Soccer Selection Show. The broadcast is set for 4:30 p.m. ET on NCAA.com. The first round of matches in the 2018 NCAA Tournament will take place the weekend of Nov. 9-11.
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