DURHAM, N.C. – With fall competition in full swing, the Duke women’s lacrosse program shines the spotlight on freshman goalkeeper Sophia LeRose, who joined the Blue Devils from San Diego, Calif.
A three-time San Diego CIF first team choice between the pipes, LeRose anchored a Torrey Pines team that claimed three straight league and CIF titles. She twice earned spots on the Under Armour All-America West team, garnering selection to the All-Tournament Team as a junior. LeRose was also named to the San Diego Avocado League first team as a junior and senior, in addition to receiving all-league honors in field hockey.
LeRose joins 10 other Blue Devils in the freshman class.
Why did you choose Duke?
Sophia LeRose: For me, Duke offered one of the best academic opportunities and best lacrosse programs in the nation. In terms of the size, it was the perfect fit for me. Also, Torrey Pines High School is such a school spirited environment and as I walked onto Duke’s campus, I knew it would be even better.
What is your favorite lacrosse memory?
SL: I don’t think one single memory defined my lacrosse experience at Torrey Pines but some of my favorite memories include when we beat LCC (rival school) 9 - 1 my freshmen year (no one on the entire team has beaten them in five years) and then beat them every year after that, winning three league and CIF championships in a row.
When did you start playing lacrosse?
SL: I started playing lacrosse in sixth grade, starting off in the field first. As I jumped into middle school, I tried out goalie and loved it so I stuck with it! Throughout my middle school and high school era, I played a lot of field still, taking the draw and playing in the midfield which I think has really helped me understand the game better and be that athletic goalie that I am.
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
SL: I am coming into lacrosse with absolutely no expectations, but ready to work hard and do everything I can to benefit the team. I hope to earn a starting position as the goalie and lead the team to an ACC and NCAA Championship.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
SL: My parents do because they have taught me some of the best qualities of being a leader, exposed me to third-world countries to show me not to take advantage of what I have and overall, they have taught me to have a strong work ethic.
To be a part of the Duke women’s lacrosse program is … to become part of an extended family away from home and build the best camaraderie. It is a program where you don’t settle and get complacent. It is a program that resembles a strong knit family that has a lot of chemistry on and off the field. And it is a program that will instill some of the best qualities in each of us throughout our four years at Duke.
GoDuke.com will feature a member of the Blue Devils’ freshman class every week this fall.