Duke head coach Kerstin Kimel and longtime athletic trainer Jen McCollum were on hand for Saturday’s induction ceremony honoring the Class of 2018, which was held at the Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md.
Nicotra, formerly Megan Huether, was honored for an outstanding goalkeeping career that began at Maryvale Preparatory School in Lutherville, Md. She guided Maryvale to an IAAM title and a second place ranking within the state, and was twice tabbed an All-America selection. Nicotra garnered first team all-city/all-county and all-metro recognition in addition to being named the Towson Times Co-Player of the Year in 2002. A multi-sport athlete, she also played basketball and soccer at Maryvale.
At Duke, Nicotra started all four seasons between the pipes, tallying a 60-17 record in 79 career games played. She was named the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA)/US Lacrosse Goalie of the Year as a junior after leading the Blue Devils to the program’s first ACC Tournament title and a trip to the NCAA semifinals. A two-time All-ACC pick and team captain as a senior, Nicotra helped Duke earn another national semifinals appearance her final collegiate season and went 18-2 in the cage while appearing on the Tewaaraton Trophy Watch List.
Nicotra graduated from Duke in 2006 and remains the program’s all-time career leader in saves (646) and goalie minutes (4505:00) while ranking second in goals against average (7.67). She also ranks among the all-time ACC leaders in saves, goals against average and save percentage (.529).
Nicotra also excelled at the international level, making the US National Developmental squad in 2005. She was selected to the senior national team in 2008 and went on to help the U.S. capture gold medals at the 2009 and 2013 Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Cups. At the 2013 World Cup, she totaled 16 saves in seven games as Team USA went 7-0 en route to winning gold.
Following her collegiate career, Nicotra served as an assistant coach at William & Mary from 2006-10. She has also volunteered with the Johns Hopkins and Navy programs.
Nicotra is the owner and director of Gold Medal Lacrosse & Goalkeeping: Between the Pipes. She resides in Towson, Md., with her husband and daughter.
Skiera, formerly Kristen Waagbo, began her lacrosse career at Ellicott City’s Mount Hebron High School. She led Mount Hebron to four consecutive state titles, twice earning Baltimore Sun Female Athlete of the Year laurels in 2002 and 2003. The 2003 All-Metro Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year, Skiera was also tabbed a Greater Baltimore regional All-American as a junior. She was also a member of the U.S. Under-19 squad that captured the 2003 World Championship. Just as skilled on the hardwood, she was a two-time all-metro pick in basketball.
Skiera was inducted into the Howard County Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.
A gifted attacker on the Blue Devils’ front line, Skiera completed a standout playing career at Duke, twice earning All-America honors. She ranks second in program history in career assists (116) and tallied 277 points over four seasons, which ranks third all-time behind 2005 Tewaaraton winner Katie Chrest and Duke’s all-time assist leader in Kerrin Maurer. Skiera is also tied for fourth on Duke’s all-time charts with 161 career goals.
As a senior in 2007, Skiera set a Duke record with 44 assists and recorded a career-best 90 points in just 20 games (4.5 points per game). She finished the season as a first team All-American and was a semifinalist for the Tewaaraton award. Skiera guided the Blue Devils to an overall record of 64-17 (.790) during her four-year career, as well as four regular season Atlantic Coast Conference crowns, one ACC Tournament title and three NCAA Final Four appearances.
After graduating from Duke, Skiera joined the collegiate coaching ranks, serving as the co-head coach of the Dutch national team in 2008. She spent two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2008 and 2009, guiding the Mids to the Patriot League Championship game in just their second year as a program. Skiera then spent one season as the top assistant at UC Davis, helping the Aggies become one of the most improved teams in the country in 2010, before returning to Navy as an assistant coach. In Annapolis, her responsibilities included overseeing the development of the squad’s offense.
Skiera returned to Duke as an assistant coach alongside Kimel, directing the Blue Devil attack during the 2013 and 2014 campaigns. In the summer of 2014, she was named the first head coach of the women’s lacrosse program at Army West Point.
Skiera resides at West Point with her husband, Kyle.