DUKE WLAX: Blue Devils Sweep ACC Performer of the Week Honors

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DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s Maddie Crutchfield and Maura Schwitter swept the ACC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week honors Tuesday following the Blue Devils’ 12-8 victory over No. 12 Stanford Saturday in the Patriot Cup. Crutchfield was tabbed the ACC Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in her career while Schwitter collected ACC Defensive Player of the Week laurels for the first time.

A junior midfielder from Concord, N.H., Crutchfield netted a career-high five goals, including two inside the final seven minutes, to lead the Blue Devils past Stanford Saturday at the Ford Center at The Star, headquarters of the Dallas Cowboys. With the contest knotted at 8-8 with 10:40 remaining, Crutchfield scored twice during a crucial 4-0 Duke run to seal the victory. She tallied all five of her goals on five shots and added a ground ball and a draw control in the top-12 matchup.

Through four contests, Crutchfield is tied for the team lead in goals (9) and ranks second in points (11) while tying for third in the ACC in ground balls per game (3.25).

Schwitter, a senior defender from Oradell, N.J., held Stanford’s Elizabeth Cusick without a goal on three shots and completed Saturday’s contest with zero fouls. She led a defensive unit that kept the Cardinal off the board for the final 10:40 of the game, fueling a 4-0 run that led the Blue Devils to the Patriot Cup victory. Schwitter also registered a goal for the second time in the last three contests, taking the ball in to score off of a Duke clear. She filled out the stat sheet with three ground balls and four draw controls, helping the Blue Devils win the category by a 17-5 margin.

Schwitter enters this weekend’s action ranked second on the squad in draw controls (15) and tied for third in ground balls (8) and caused turnovers (5).

Crutchfield, Schwitter and eighth-ranked Duke begin ACC play this weekend, welcoming No. 9 Notre Dame Sunday at noon. The conference contest will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra from Koskinen Stadium.
2017 Performer of the Week Honors

Feb. 21 ACC Offensive Player of the Week l Maddie Crutchfield

Feb. 21 ACC Defensive Player of the Week l Maura Schwitter

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