Want to get a glimpse of the Duke Women’s lacrosse team before seeing them live at the Orange County Winter Invitational on February 20? A year after reaching the NCAA semifinals for the seventh time in program history, Duke looks to reload for the 2016 slate, hosting Campbell (today at 4 pm E.T.) and Northwestern (Saturday at 12:00 pm E.T.) on opening weekend at Koskinen Stadium. Both games are available on live stream. For instructions on tuning in go to GoDuke.com.
Duke WLax By the Numbers
2 – Returning All-ACC selections for Duke – goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea and defender Claire Scarrone
11/12 – Duryea’s 2015 national rank in goals against average (7.84) and save percentage (.474)
7 – Returning starters for 2016, including Duryea, Scarrone, Isabelle Montagne, Devon Russell and Maura Schwitter on defense, Maddie Crutchfieldat midfield and Kyra Harney up top
12 – Freshmen joined the program for the 2016 campaign
20 – Years of Duke women’s lacrosse being celebrated this season, using the hashtag #DukeWLAX20th
Dukes’s 2016 Season Outlook
Head coach Kerstin Kimel’s squad returns 27 letterwinners and seven starters from last year’s 16-5 team, which reached the NCAA semifinals for the seventh time in school history … The program graduated eight student-athletes last spring, including two-time All-American Kerrin Maurer at attack and All-ACC honorees Katie Trees and Taylor Trimble in the midfield … The class accounted for 70 percent of Duke’s scoring last spring … The Blue Devils welcome back experience on defense, as three-year starter Kelsey Duryea returns to the cage along with field players Claire Scarrone, Isabelle Montagne, Devon Russell and Maura Schwitter … Duke came in at No. 4 in the IWLCA preseason poll and was one of three ACC teams listed within the top five.
Tough Slate on Tap in 2016
Duke’s 2016 schedule features nine teams ranked in the first IWLCA poll of the season, including three of the top five squads in No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Syracuse and No. 5 Northwestern … The Blue Devils face an early test, welcoming the fifth-ranked Wildcats to Durham Sunday following Thursday’s season opener against Campbell … This spring’s slate also features nine teams selected to the 2015 NCAA Tournament field and two of last year’s NCAA semifinalists (North Carolina, Syracuse).
See Duke play USC in the OC Winter Invitational on Feb. 20 at Orange Coast College. Purchase your tickets now!