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Senior Molly Lester to Return for Fifth Year
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 12/16/2010
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DURHAM, N.C. – After playing only 12 contests her first three years at Duke due to missing two seasons with injuries, senior Molly Lester came back with a bang in 2010 as she started 20 matches, had four goals, four assists and 12 points for the 20th-ranked Blue Devils.  Lester talked with Head Coach Robbie Church following the season and has decided to return for a fifth year in 2011.

Expecting to graduate in May with a degree in history along with a minor in French studies another minor in English, Lester is planning on attending graduate school at Duke in 2011-12.

“I am really looking forward to next season and feel very fortunate that this opportunity presented itself,” commented Lester.

Lester, who is a native of Atlanta, Ga., played in all 23 games this past season and kicked off her senior year by notching the game-winning goal at Georgia.  The tally was her first career goal on her second career shot.  Lester went on to notch goals in two out of the next three matches to open the season.  The 5-4 midfielder posted assists against Missouri, High Point, Maryland and Clemson.

“We are really excited that Molly made the decision to come back for a fifth year,” said Church.  “She had a terrific season last year on the field and was one of our captains in leading us off the field -- she was fantastic in both areas.”

When Lester arrived at Duke in 2007, she was coming off suffering an ACL injury in her left knee and was forced to miss the entire season.  She came back to play in 12 games on the defensive side in 2008 and took one shot.  Lester’s junior year was missed due to another injury. 

Lester and the Blue Devils registered an 11-8-4 overall and 4-5-1 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) during a 2010 season, which featured a lineup of 10 freshmen and sophomores.  Duke advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and closed the year listed No. 20 in the final NSCAA/ national rankings.

“Molly adds another piece to the puzzle for us to move forward to next year,” commented Church. “She is a very versatile player and can play a number of different positions.  Molly always plays hard and always sets the bar very high for us in training.”

Duke is set to return all 11 starters for 2011, while welcoming back its top eight scorers from this past season.  The Blue Devils are expected to return a total of 18 letterwinners and will bring in another solid recruiting class to the mix.
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