DURHAM- As the opening days of the 2022 season approach, take a look at some of the team’s best case scenarios ahead of Friday.
Duke in preseason polls
The Blue Devils enter the 2022 season and have ranked the team eighth in the nation in the ILWomen/IWLCA Division I Poll and the Nike/US Lacrosse Division I Women’s Preseason Top 20. This is the ranking Duke’s highest preseason since 2016.
Preseason All-America Winners
Senior Maddie Jenner was named the All-America preseason winner by Inside the butt and USA Lacrosse magazine.
The Annapolis, Maryland native had a very successful junior campaign as she was named a Tewaaraton nominee, an IWLCA All-America Third Team selection and All-ACC First Team.
Jenner continued her dominance of the draw circle in 2021 and concluded her junior year with 187 draw checks, which tops Duke’s all-time individual season chart. Jenner led the ACC with 9.84 draw/game checks and ranked third in the nation and reached a season-high 15 three times, just one of her career highs. In her career, she has amassed 371 total ties as the NCAA’s active career leader in the nation in draw control per game (8.24). She needs 141 draw checks to become Duke’s all-time draw check leader, which is currently owned by her sister, Olivia.
Along with her draw dominance, Jenner has worked hard to contribute to the team beyond the circle. Last season, she had 25 goals and one assist for 26 points, including a career-high four goals in Duke’s wins over William & Mary and Liberty. The 6-2 junior also caught 12 balls on the ground and caused two turnovers while posting a .543 shooting percentage last spring.
Barry named preseason All-ACC
Midfielder Graduate Student Catriona Barry earned Preseason All-ACC recognition for the 2022 campaign, as announced by the ACC office this week.
Barry has been a constant in Duke’s roster over the past four years as a midfielder/forward and put up solid numbers last spring. In 19 games, Barry had 27 goals and nine assists for 36 points and joined the 100-point career club.
During her senior season, she posted a .529 shooting percentage and won 36 draw checks to go along with 19 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. She had five hat tricks and scored at least one goal in 15 of 19 games, including four, a career high, twice.
Six return for a fifth year
Catriona Barry, Katie Cosgrove, Katie Cronin, Chase Henriquez, Nathalie Kahn and Abby Landry will use their last year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to COVID-19.
Each completed their undergraduate careers in May, and all are enrolled in Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
“Our coaching staff and squad are proud and absolutely thrilled to have these six Blue Devils returning for the 2021-22 campaign,” the head coach said. Kerstin Kimel noted. “Cat, Katie, Katie, Chase, Abby and Nat have been impact players and leaders in our program since they were freshmen. They are the best example of what our Duke student-athletes embody on and off the field. We are thrilled to have this group leading the charge as we face the challenges of the 2021-22 season in pursuit of an ACC and a national championship.”
Break down list 2022
First year students: Carly Bernstein, Kennedy Everson, Tess Gagliano, Ellie Lazzaretto, Kerry Nease, Celia Ralph, Matthew Shearer, Reilly Traynor
Freshmen in red shirts: Izzy Swamp, Julia Schwasnick
Second year : Katie DeSimone, Katie Keller, Maddie McCorkle
Junior: Cubby Biscardi, Missy Biscardi, Olivia Carner, Kay Conway, Caroline DeBellis, Shaye Fitzpatrick, Olivia Navaroli, Virginia Oursler, Lexi Schmalz, Ainsley Thurston, Stephanie Zempolich
Junior Red Shirt: Veronique Hineman, maddie johnston
Senior: Anna Callahan, Katie Calvo, Eva Greco, Maddie Jenner, Alexis-JosephSophie Le Rose, Olivia Rubin, Hannah Thurston
Diploma: Catriona Barry, Katie Cosgrove, Katie Cronin, Chase Henriquez, Nathalie Kahn, Abby Landry
Challenging slate on the horizon
This spring, the Blue Devils face six ranked opponents. Duke will face No. 1 Boston College, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 3 Syracuse, No. 5 Notre Dame, No. 11 Virginia and No. 19 Penn. Boston College, North Carolina and Syracuse have all advanced to the 2021 NCAA Championship Semifinals.
Four competitions on the ACC network
The ACC Network has announced that 12 women’s lacrosse games will air on ACCN for the 2022 season as the Duke women’s lacrosse team will feature four times this spring.
The eighth-ranked Blue Devil women make their debut on Thursday, March 10 against Pittsburgh at Koskinen Stadium before hosting Louisville a week later on March 17. Duke’s contest at Virginia Tech (April 7) and North Carolina Round No. 2 (April 21) ACCN coverage. All ACC Championship games will also be broadcast on ACCN.
Commentators Jay Alter, Drew Carter, Mike Monaco and Leah Secondo will handle play-by-play duties throughout the season. Analysis will be provided by Sheehan Stanwick-Burch, Dana Boyle and Rachel DeCecco.
Additionally, ACCNX, ACCN’s digital platform available on the ESPN app, will broadcast multiple men’s and women’s matches throughout the season.
The eighth-ranked Blue Devils open the season Friday against Gardner-Webb. The opening draw is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium on ACCNX.
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