DURHAM, N.C. – For the second time this week Duke senior Kayla McCoy has earned All-American status, as she was named Google Cloud Academic All-America Third Team on Thursday, CoSIDA announced.
McCoy is the seventh player Blue Devil to receive the honor from CoSIDA and marks the ninth honor in program history. This marks the third-straight season a Blue Devil has received the award, with Imani Dorsey named third team in 2016 and second team in 2017. Christina Gibbons joined Dorsey in 2016, being named to CoSIDA’s second team. This marks the first time in program history a Blue Devil has earned Academic All-America status in three-straight seasons.
A native of Lincolnwood, Ill., McCoy turned in an outstanding senior campaign in 2018, helping lead the No. 4 seed Blue Devils to their 24th NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and ninth as a national seed. Behind her team-high 12 goals and 32 points, along with eight assists, McCoy spearheaded Duke’s eighth-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament Round of 16.
Eight of McCoy’s scores came in ACC play, which topped the league and helped Duke to a second-place finish in the league. The forward recorded a point in all but six matches, highlighted by her fifth-career four-point game (two goals vs. Wake Forest) and a trio of three-point performances. She recorded five game-winning goals, one coming against No. 11 Boston College to secure Duke’s second-place ACC finish in the ACC and the other in the NCAA Tournament First Round against Rutgers.
McCoy’s dominance led her to receive All-ACC First Team honors, making her the 11th player in program history to earn the honor multiple times.
The Lincolnwood, Ill., native also left a mark on the Blue Devil record books, finishing third with 15-career game-winning goals, fourth with 38 scores and 92 points and fifth with five multi-goal performances. She was also one of the most decorated Blue Devils in NCAA Tournament history, finishing second in program history in postseason play with 18 points, third with seven goals and tied for seventh with four assists.
As a member of the winningest senior class in program history, McCoy has led Duke to a pair of College Cup showings (2015 & 2017) in her career, along with an NCAA Quarterfinal showing in 2016 and this year’s Round of 16 appearance.
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