2005 Season in Review
Duquesne earned its second-consecutive share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship going 13-4 overall, 6-1 in A-10 play in 2005. The Dukes ended the season tied with Temple, but entered the A-10 championship as the No. 2 seed as they fell to Temple (8-9) on Rooney Field during the regular season. Duquesne endured an eight-match winning streak (second-longest in school history) midway through the season and won 10 of its last 11 contests entering the league tournament. The Dukes also saw themselves ranked 20th and 19th respectively the weeks of April 14 and April 20 by womenslacrosse.com, marking the first national ranking in the program's eight-year existence.
Duquesne faced third-seeded George Washington in the opening round of the four-team league championship and captured a 13-10 margin paced by the senior tandem of Ginger Flocco and Laura App with four goals each. The Red & Blue advanced to face fourth-seeded Richmond, which upset top seeded Temple, in the title match. Duquesne once again saw its dream of an NCAA bid fall short with an 8-10 loss to the host Spiders. Flocco led the match with four goals en route to being named to the All-Championship team. Her 13 points in game games (8 goals, five assists) set a new Atlantic 10 individual championship record.
Duquesne led the way with 14 Atlantic 10 post-season honors taking a league-best five honorees on both the All-Conference and All-Academic squads while also taking the A-10's Academic Student-Athlete of the Year and three All-Championship laurels. Earning All-Conference honors was Ginger Flocco, Krista Mann, Kelly Mulford, Sarah Pacini and Stacie Pollock. Pacini led the All-Academic list with her A-10 Academic Student-Athlete of the Year award and was joined by Laura App, Flocco, Mann and Mulford. Flocco was joined by App and Jennifer Lorenze on the All-Championship team.
Flocco capped off a stellar four-year career being selected as a 2005 first team IWLCA Mid-Atlantic Regional All-American, a second team Inside Lacrosse All-American and was chosen for the prestigious North/Sough Senior All-Star Game. Duquesne garnered seven IWLCA National Honor Roll awardees and, as a team, was tabbed a WWLCA National Academic Team Award honoree.
The Dukes tied the University record with six Atlantic 10 wins, matching the mark set in 2004. The Red & Blue concluded the season nationally ranked as a team in seventh in the country in scoring defense (7.76) and win percentage (.765). Keeper Sarah Pacini ended the year ranked eighth in goals against average (7.66) and 13th in saves percentage (.530) while Ginger Flocco was 11th in both points per game (4.35) and goals per game (3.18) and 15th in draws won per game (3.0).