DURHAM, N.C. – Duke women’s lacrosse head coach Kerstin Kimel and the Blue Devil program welcomed 10 freshmen to Durham ahead of the 2018 campaign. A local product, attacker/midfielder Madison Dunk joins the program from Durham Academy.
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Prior to Duke: A local product, Dunk totaled 231 goals, 187 assists, 183 ground balls and 319 draw controls in five seasons at Durham Academy. She was twice named an All-American by US Lacrosse and was selected to the Under Armour Underclass All-America South team on three occasions. In addition to competing in golf and swimming, Dunk guided Durham Academy’s lacrosse team to state runner-up finishes three times during her prep career.
What is your best lacrosse memory?
MD: Winning two overtime games against our biggest rival in my final high school season, including a comeback victory on senior night.
When did you start playing lacrosse?
MD: I first started playing lacrosse the summer going into fourth grade at a summer camp with Coach Kimel. That summer, I quit gymnastics and with all my new-found free time I picked up pretty much any sport I could get my hands on. Very quickly, I fell in love with lacrosse.
Who has had the largest impact on your life?
MD: I’d have to say my parents. Without them, I would not be the student, athlete, friend or person I am today. They’ve taught me how to be the best person I can possibly be, and how to invest myself fully into everything that I do.
Why did you choose Duke?
MD: It’s been my lifelong dream to go to Duke. When the pieces fell in place, I couldn’t possibly not choose Duke. Coach Kimel and the rest of the staff do an outstanding job of encouraging the pursuit of both academic and athletic greatness.
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
MD: To become the best player and teammate I can possibly be, and to help my team find success on a national stage.
Favorite athlete: Jordan Spieth
Hobbies: Jogging, hiking, eating, watching college and professional sports, listening to country music, water skiing
Favorite TV show: Grey's Anatomy
Favorite movie: Miracle
If you were to play another sport, what would it be? Golf
Hidden talent: I speak (and am still learning) Chinese
Best advice you’ve received: Just do the best you can. No matter what, the sun will rise tomorrow morning.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? Hopefully having successfully graduated undergrad and graduate school, with a fun job, maybe a dog and living a happy life.
To be a part of the Duke women’s lacrosse program is … an incredible honor and a dream come true.