DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Kerstin Kimel and the Duke women’s lacrosse team welcomed 11 student-athletes to the program ahead of the 2019 campaign. Baltimore native Maddie Johnston joins the Blue Devils from Notre Dame Preparatory School.
Johnston helped Notre Dame Prep capture its first IAAM A conference title since 2003 this past spring. For her career, she totaled 68 loose ball controls, 28 takeaways and five goals as a defender and midfielder.
She also won several titles with her club team and competed in tennis at Notre Dame Prep.
Johnston joins 10 other incoming Blue Devils in the freshman class.
Why did you choose Duke?
Maddie Johnston: Duke’s rigorous academics and excellent athletics made it an easy decision. However, I fell in love with Duke’s fun environment and the sense of team spirit that seems to radiate all around the campus.
What is your favorite lacrosse memory?
MJ: This past spring, my high school team won our first IAAM A conference championship since 2003 and broke McDonogh’s 198-game winning streak. That is still one of the happiest moments I have ever experienced and I will treasure that night forever.
When did you start playing lacrosse?
MJ: My parents signed me up for lacrosse clinics when I was very little but I ended up absolutely hating it! It wasn’t until fifth grade when I picked the sport up again. I began to love lacrosse and worked very hard to become a great player and I’m still working to become better.
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
MJ: To play to my highest potential and to win a national championship.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
MJ: Scott Robinson, my club team coach, has had a very large impact on my life. He has given me advice on and off the field and continues to do so today. He was always pushing me to become the best version of myself and has truly shaped me into the person I am today.
Ms. Kaiser, my former dean of students, has had a huge impact on my life. She was not only a teacher, but she was someone who I could go to for anything. My freshman year she was my algebra teacher, although we called it algebra guidance because of Ms. Kaiser’s many stories that always seemed to have a lesson to them. Her constant affection and support for me has helped to shape me into the person I am today and I am so thankful for her advice to me throughout the years.
To be a part of the Duke women’s lacrosse program is … an amazing opportunity that I am so thankful to be a part of.
GoDuke.com will feature a member of the Blue Devils’ freshman class every week this fall.