DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University men’s lacrosse freshman Wilson Stephenson has been released from the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York City after suffering a leg injury in the Blue Devils’ NCAA quarterfinal win over Notre Dame at Hofstra University May 18.
After suffering the injury Stephenson was taken to Nassau County Medical Center in East Meadow, N.Y. He was transferred that evening to the Hospital of Special Surgery in New York City May 18 where he underwent multiple surgeries.
“I think I can speak for the entire lacrosse community that we are delighted to learn of Wilson’s release today from HSS,” said head coach John Danowski. “He has been tested in a way that very few of us can imagine. He has handled his situation with incredible character and humility. I look forward to seeing him back on campus.”
Stephenson played in 16 contests as a longstick midfielder. He picked up 15 ground balls and had eight caused turnovers. He was one of three freshmen on the team to play in at least 10 games in 2019. The Blue Devils finished the campaign with a 13-5 overall record, advancing to the NCAA semifinals. Duke closed the year ranked tied for third in the USILA poll.
“It’s great to finally be home after these two weeks,” said Wilson Stephenson. “The team of doctors and nurses, led by Duke alum and former lacrosse player Dr. Bill Ricci was outstanding. The support from the Duke community and particularly past and present players has been incredibly helpful to myself and my family. But in all, this just makes me even more excited to get back to campus and start playing again.”