Duke’s Racioppi selected to U-20 women’s soccer National Team
DURHAM Duke rising sophomore Taylor Racioppi has been selected to travel with the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team to Papua New Guinea from May 21 through June 1 for a training camp and matches. This will serve as valuable experience for the U-20s prior to the 2016 Women’s World Cup being held from Nov. 13 through Dec. 3.
The USA will play two matches during the trip, facing the Japan U-20 WNT onMay 27 and the Papua New Guinea U-20 WNT on May 30. Both matches will be in the capital of Port Moresby, where all 32 matches of the World Cup will be staged over four venues. This will be the eighth FIFA Women’s World Cup for this age level, with the first two being held as U-19 events.
Racioppi, who hails from Ocean Township, N.J., earned TopDrawerSoccer.com All-Freshman Best XI, NSCAA All-Regional and All-ACC Freshman accolades as a rookie with the Blue Devils in 2015. She notched a team-high 20 points to go along with seven goals and six assists, while also registering a team-best 86 shots. Racioppi’s six assists ranked tied sixth and her seven goals are tied 13th on the Duke freshman record books. She led the squad with four game-winning goals.
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Upon completion of the training in Papua New Guinea, Racioppi will travel to Beijing, China to meet up with her Duke women’s soccer team as the team is set to arrive June 3.
Duke: Head coach John Kerr has announced the addition of Chris Rich to the staff as an assistant coach. Rich will work closely with the goalkeepers as well as handling various scouting and recruiting duties. Rich, a 2007 graduate of Barry University, comes to Duke after serving as a volunteer assistant coach at North Carolina for the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He also has established local contacts as the head coach for local club Triangle United.
Elon: Having secured the third seed for the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association tournament, the team will wrap up its regular season with a three-game series against the Richmond Spiders. The series begins at Latham Park on Thursday, May 19 with a 6:30 p.m. first pitch and will continue at 6:30 p.m. on Friday before concluding with a 6 p.m. start on Saturday.
Campbell: The Camels close out the 2016 season with a three game Big South series at Coastal Carolina, May 19-21. The series kicks off Thursday at 6 p.m. at Springs Brooks Stadium, following with another 6 p.m. start Friday, and a 2 p.m. Saturday finale. The Camels rank second in the Big South regular season standings heading into the final weekend of play, trailing only the Chanticleers (37-15, 18-3 Big South).
Track and Field
St. Augustine’s: The Falcons qualified 11 men and seven women for the 2016 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held May 26-28 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.
The top-ranked Falcons, who are the three-time defending champions, have 15 individual entries and two relays teams in the men’s division. Leading the way is Burkheart Ellis, Jr. , who will compete in four events – the 100 and 200 dashes and the 4x100 and 4x400 relays.
ECU: The Pirates’ season came to a close with the conclusion of the third round at the NCAA Franklin Regional on Wednesday afternoon. The team fired a seven-under-par 285 over the final 18 holes and finished with a three-day total of 849 (279-289-281), which was good for 15-under-par.
Campbell: Craig Hornberger shot an even-par 72 Wednesday and the Camels finished 13th after the final round of the NCAA Kohler Regional men’s golf championship.
Duke: In search of its seventh NCAA Championship, the Blue Devils will head to Eugene, Ore., for the 2016 NCAA Championship May 20-25 at the Eugene Country Club.
Wake Forest: Freshman Jennifer Kupcho qualified for the 2016 U.S. Women’s Open after winning the Colorado sectional qualifying event this week at Heritage Golf Course at Westmoor. She will compete in her first U.S. Women’s Open in July as the event is held at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.
Kupcho shot rounds of 77 and 72 over the 36-hole qualifying tournament to earn medalist honors with a total of 149. Her even-par round of 72 was the best round of the day by two strokes.
North Carolina: Five players have earned All-America honors from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Assocation, the IWLCA announced on Wednesday. Molly Hendrick and Marie McCool earned first-team honors, while Mallory Frysinger, Aly Messinger and Sammy Jo Tracy grabbed second-team accolades. Carolina and Maryland both had five All-Americas with the Terps boasting three on the first team.
Duke: Senior goalkeeper Kelsey Duryea, sophomore midfielder Maddie Crutchfield and sophomore attacker Kyra Harney received All-America recognition from the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA). Duryea collected first team honors while Crutchfield was named to the second team and Harney to the third team.
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