DURHAM, N.C. – Head coach Kerstin Kimel and the Duke women’s lacrosse program are excited to welcome 11 freshman student-athletes for the 2019 campaign. Midfielder Olivia Rubin joined the program from Baltimore, Md.
A member of the 2019 U.S. Women’s U19 Training Team, Rubin came to Durham from Bryn Mawr School, where she was a three-time all-conference selection. She recorded 174 goals, 112 ground balls and 200 draw controls over her four seasons, including 59 goals and 82 draw controls her senior year.
Rubin was included in Inside Lacrosse’s Top Young Gun rankings as a junior and senior and collected first team All-Metro accolades her senior season.
This fall, Rubin was tabbed No. 44 on ILWomen’s Class of 2018 Power 100 list, helping to comprise the fourth-ranked freshman class in the nation.
Rubin joins 10 other Blue Devils in the freshman class.
Why did you choose Duke?
OR: Duke offers the perfect blend of the highest academic and athletic standards. I grew up watching and rooting for Duke teams and am so grateful for the opportunity to attend college here.
What is your favorite lacrosse memory?
OR: Winning our club team’s 18th championship in double overtime against our archrival. Our team had formed a very close bond over six years and that tournament was the last time we would ever play together. It was an awesome way to end our club careers together.
When did you start playing lacrosse?
OR: I started playing rec lacrosse when I was six years old as a “Tyker.” I was on the pink team with my best friend and our dads were the coaches. She and I then played on the same team together for the next 12 years through club and high school!
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
OR: To work hard every day to be the best player and teammate I can be. To win an ACC and a national championship.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
OR: My dad has had the biggest impact on my life, both on and off the field. He attended Duke and had a very successful lacrosse career there. I have always wanted to continue his legacy at Duke. He taught me that success comes mostly from preparation, hard work and determination. I try to remember that in everything I do.
To be a part of the Duke women’s lacrosse program is … a dream come true. I play lacrosse for the love of the game and the comradery of my teammates. I am so lucky to get to be a part of program and family like Duke.
GoDuke.com will feature a member of the Blue Devils’ freshman class every week this fall.