DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke women’s lacrosse program wraps up the fall by shining the spotlight on freshman midfielder Hannah Thurston, who joined the Blue Devils from England.
A native of Ealing, London, Thurston is a member of the country’s U19 national team. Over the summer, she helped England’s U20 squad take first at the European Women’s Lacrosse Championships and was also a bronze medalist with England at the Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships in 2015.
In addition to her success on the international stage, Thurston won the national schools championship with her high school team as a senior. She was also selected for the South East Regional Team and her county’s team multiple times.
Thurston joins 10 other incoming Blue Devils in the freshman class.
Why did you choose Duke?
Hannah Thurston: I’ve always dreamed of playing lacrosse at college in America. As soon as I visited Duke for a summer camp, I fell in love with the lacrosse program. Combined with its amazing academics, it seemed like the perfect place.
What is your favorite lacrosse memory?
HT: Winning the national schools championships with my high school team in my senior year. It was the first time my school had won in 30 years.
When did you start playing lacrosse?
HT: I first started lacrosse at my high school at age 11 at their summer camp where I met some of my best friends for the first time. I fell in love as soon as I started playing.
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
HT: To learn as much as I can on and off the field and to win a national championship.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
HT: My parents whose support has encouraged me to have the faith that anything is possible. Whether driving across the country for cricket matches or flying across the Atlantic to watch me play lacrosse, they have always supported my dreams.
To be a part of the Duke women’s lacrosse program is … my dream come true.
The Blue Devils released the 2019 schedule last week and kick off the season at home against Villanova Feb. 9.