DURHAM, N.C. – With the season opener at Koskinen Stadium just over two weeks away, preseason training is in full swing for the Duke women’s lacrosse program. Take a look at some of the team’s top storylines heading into the spring.
Breaking Down the 2019 Roster
Head coach Kerstin Kimel and the Blue Devils return 23 letterwinners from a season ago, including 2018 All-ACC selections Callie Humphrey, Olivia Jenner and Charlotte North. This year, the program welcomed the fourth-ranked freshman class in the nation according to Inside Lacrosse, as well as a new assistant coach in offensive specialist Brooke Griffin, a two-time national champion at Maryland.
Redshirt Sophomore: Sam DeBellis
Senior attacker and draw specialist Olivia Jenner received 2019 Preseason All-America third team accolades from Inside Lacrosse while sophomore attacker Charlotte North and junior defender Callie Humphrey were honorable mention All-America selections. The 2019 preseason All-Americans were recognized in the publication’s Face-Off Yearbook in December.
A first team IL Media All-America pick last spring, Jenner led Duke at the draw in 2018 with an ACC-best 149 draw controls. North is coming off of an outstanding rookie campaign that saw her break the program’s freshman goals and points records, while Humphrey paced the Blue Devils and ranked among the ACC leaders with 37 ground balls last spring.
Challenging Slate Awaits
Duke’s 17-game regular season begins Feb. 9 and continues through May. The 2019 slate features seven contests against opponents who were selected to the 2018 NCAA Championship field. In addition, half of Duke’s 2019 opposition finished this past season with 10 or more wins.
The program’s nine regular season home contests feature ACC tilts against North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Virginia Tech, as well as an inaugural meeting with VCU May 5 at Koskinen Stadium. The Blue Devils’ eight road games include trips to three ACC opponents and early season matchups at Northwestern and Penn.
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Blue Devils Boast One of Top Midfield Units
Despite the graduation of three-time All-ACC selection Maddie Crutchfield, Duke has been projected to boast one of the top midfield groups in the country this spring, as outlined by IL Women’s Halley Quillinan recently on Lax Sports Network. Quillinan highlights the return of Olivia Jenner at the draw, as well as the addition of sister Maddie Jenner, as a key to the unit’s success.
In the midfield, the Blue Devils also welcome back Catriona Barry, who totaled 53 draw controls as a freshman to rank second on the squad behind Olivia Jenner, and Abby Landry, who had 12 goals while starting all 17 contests in 2018.
Pair of Rookies to Compete with U.S. U19 Squad
Blue Devil freshmen Maddie Jenner and Olivia Rubin were selected last month to the 34-player U.S. U19 team that will compete during the Spring Premiere at Stanford this weekend. The Spring Premiere will feature six teams – the U.S. senior and U19 squads, as well as Fresno State, Stanford and teams from England and Japan.
This fall, Jenner and Rubin were tabbed No. 4 and No. 44, respectively, on IL Women’s Class of 2018 Power 100 list, helping to comprise the fourth-ranked freshman class in the nation.
Jenner is a three-year starter and was a second team Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association All-South Region and All-ACC selection at attack last spring. Lockwood has appeared in 27 games between the pipes over the past three seasons while Majure has played in 50 career contests with 29 goals and nine assists in that span. Tucci is a returning starter on defense for the Blue Devils and ranked among the team’s leaders last spring with 18 ground balls.
Duke kicks off the 2019 campaign Saturday, Feb. 9, hosting Villanova at 1 p.m. at Koskinen. The Blue Devils then welcome Presbyterian Wednesday, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. before heading out on the road for the first time Saturday, Feb. 16 to take on Northwestern.