Duke’s Maurer and Virden Earn @ACCWLax Weekly Honors


Photos by George Jennison


Duke duo plays key role in upset at No. 3 North Carolina

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke senior attacker Kerrin Maurer and senior defender Taylor Virden have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

Maurer netted the game-winning goal with 26 seconds remaining in overtime to send eighth-ranked Duke past No. 3 North Carolina in the first women’s lacrosse game to be played at Kenan Stadium. Maurer tallied her eighth hat trick of the season, scoring the Blue Devils’ first and last goals of the contest. In addition, her assist on a Sydney Peterson goal with 4:12 left in regulation helped knot the game at 6-6. Maurer continues to pace Duke in scoring on the season with a team-best 47 goals and 25 assists for 72 points.

Virden helped the Duke defense hold the Tar Heels to their second-lowest scoring output of the season in Wednesday’s upset victory. One of the team’s key defensive personnel, Virden also helped the Blue Devils win the draw controls category by a 9-8 margin, contributing solid play from the wings.

The ACC Women’s Lacrosse Championship gets underway Thursday, April 24, with quarterfinal action beginning at 11 a.m.