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. Philadelphia native Alexis Joseph joined the Blue Devils from William Penn Charter School.
Joseph lettered all four years as a defender for her high school team, earning second team All-InterAc laurels as a junior. She went on to receive first team distinction her senior season. Joseph was also named to the Under Armour All-America Philadelphia Girls Highlight squad her junior year.
Joseph joins 10 other incoming Blue Devils in the freshman class.
Why did you choose Duke?
Alexis Joseph: The culture of the program is centered around hard work. While the team is very competitive, it is healthy and there is a sense of family. I also really wanted to attend a university with great academics and great athletic programs.
What is your favorite lacrosse memory?
AJ: When my high school team beat Notre Dame High school (Philadelphia). We were down for most of the game but our defense and goalie played great and got several turnovers which lead to our offense capitalizing off of it and coming back and winning by one point with 10 seconds left.
When did you start playing lacrosse?
AJ: started playing lacrosse in sixth grade. I was on JV and I didn't really like playing because I was terrible at it. Once I started to play on a travel team in the summer going into my eighth grade year, I started to really like the sport. I realized I had a lot to learn so I spent almost every weekend with my dad practicing. My dad didn't really know anything about lacrosse so he made me practice basketball and football drills but with a lacrosse stick and ball.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
AJ: I think overall my parents and my brother have had the biggest impact on my life. They are the hardest working people I know and they go for what they want. Both my parents came from pretty bad neighborhoods and they made it to college and created a better life for me and my brother. My brother is the most caring person and he is very hard working. He has always been there for me and he is my role model.
To be a part of the Duke women’s lacrosse program is … the team spirit. Everyone on the team (including the coaches) seem to always be cheering and encouraging each other no matter what situation they are in.
GoDuke.com will feature a member of the Blue Devils’ freshman class every week this fall.