Harney will serve as a team captain for the second consecutive year while Crutchfield and Fallon are both first-time selections for the Blue Devils, who open the season against Elon Feb. 11 in Koskinen Stadium.
“I am pleased to announce Maddie, Grace and Kyra will serve as captains for the 2018 season,” Kimel said. “All three have proven themselves from a leadership perspective both on and off the field and they are, in the eyes of their teammates and coaches, a great balance of personalities and leadership styles which will effectively and confidently lead our team this season.”
Crutchfield, who hails from Concord, N.H., has been a crucial component of Duke’s midfield over the past three seasons. She led the Blue Devils in goals as a junior and ranked second on the squad in points, assists and ground balls. Crutchfield wrapped up the 2017 campaign by garnering second team Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) All-South Region and All-ACC accolades and was previously a second team IWLCA All-America selection as a sophomore. The versatile midfielder enters her senior campaign ranked among the program’s all-time leaders in career points, goals, assists, draw controls and caused turnovers.
A native of Monmouth Beach, N.J., Fallon also earned a nod as a team captain after starting the past two seasons at attack. She was third on the team in assists and fourth in points last spring, rounding out the year with six assists over the Blue Devils’ final three contests. Fallon turned in four multiple-assist efforts as a junior and notched a pair of hat tricks in wins over Navy and No. 17 Boston College. She is currently tied for 20th on the program’s all-time career chart in assists (32) and also ranks among Duke’s all-time leaders in points and goals.
Harney rounds out the trio of captains and returns to the spearhead the Duke attack in 2018. The Bay Shore, N.Y., native ranked among the ACC leaders in assists per game last spring while pacing the Blue Devils in that category as well as in points. Harney notched a team-high six hat tricks in 2017 and had six multiple-assist games. She wrapped up the year on the Tewaaraton Award Watch List after becoming the 17th player in program history to reach 100 career goals. She heads into her final collegiate season ranked among the top 20 players in program history in career points, goals and assists.
Duke was ranked 19th in the Nike Lacrosse/US Lacrosse Division I Women’s Preseason top 20 and 21st in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook top 25.