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Kimel, Chrest receive honors

Duke women's lacrosse head coach Kerstin Kimel was named the top coach in the country for last week by Inside Lacrosse Magazine after her Blue Devils beat two top-10 opponents over the weekend. The magazine's media poll also ranked Duke as No. 1 in the country this week, making it the first time since 2002 the Blue Devils are rated as best in the country.

Kimel's squad beat then-No. 1 Northwestern-which had won 31 games straight coming into the contest-16-10, Friday evening. The Blue Devils then squeaked past Notre Dame, 11-10, Sunday afternoon.

Katie Chrest earned ACC Co-Player of the Week honors for her role in the two wins. She had a team-high four goals in the win over Northwestern and she added one more score in the Notre Dame game.

Mang recognized for 3 wins

Duke freshman tennis player Melissa Mang was awarded ACC Co-Player of the Week after she went 3-0 in singles action in Duke's undefeated week. All of the Blue Devils' wins came over top-25 opponents, including No. 5 North Carolina.

Mang, ranked No. 109 in the nation, clinched Duke's win over 24th-ranked Clemson Saturday when she earned the team's fourth point with a victory in her singles matchup.

Varsity Eight garners ACC award

With two wins at the Lake Wheeler Invitational, Duke's first varsity eight crew was named the ACC Crew of the Week for the second time this season.

The Blue Devils won their first heat in a time of 6:48.20, downing Washington, SMU and Tulsa to advance to the Grand Finals. The crew then beat George Washington, Navy and North Carolina with a time of 6:43.00 in the finals to take the crown.

ACC changes men's lax tourney

After Duke's decision to cancel the remainder of the men's lacrosse season, the ACC has revised seeding procedures. Conference officials instituted a new bracket for the 2006 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship on April 28 and 30 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.

Duke's win over North Carolina March 18 and its loss to Maryland March 4 will be viewed as "no contests" for seeding purposes. There will now be just one semifinal game between the No. 3 Tar Heels and No. 2 Terrapins April 28. The winner of the semifinal will go on to play Virginia, the top seed, at 3:30 p.m. April 30 in the ACC Championship.

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