DURHAM, N.C. – Duke field hockey head coach Pam Bustin and the Blue Devil program are set to welcome five freshmen to Durham for the 2017 campaign. Forward Libby Thompson will join the Blue Devils from Lake Forest, Ill.
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Prior to Duke: A three-year all-state selection at forward, Thompson will come to Durham after leading Lake Forest High School in scoring in back-to-back seasons. She totaled 27 goals as a junior in 2015 and posted a team-high 19 assists as a senior. A team captain her final year, Thompson guided her squad to the state championship following a runner-up finish at states in 2014.
Bustin's Take: “Libby comes to Duke with a reputation for her impressive speed and relentless grit. She is a dangerous forward both with and without the ball. I look forward to watching Libby's game sense grow at the next level and match her exceptional athleticism."
What is your best field hockey memory?
LT: Winning the state championship my senior year of high school.
When did you start playing field hockey?
LT: I started playing field hockey in third grade with a local athletic program. I always volunteered to play goalie so I didn't have to run, which is ironic now, and would stand in the cage doing handstands.
Who has had the largest impact on your life?
LT: My dad. He's always supported me 110 percent and always pushes me to be better. His work ethic is so admirable and the passion he has for everything he does is something I strive to have in everything I do too.
Why did you choose Duke?
LT: I chose Duke because of the coaches and the team atmosphere; it's something extremely unique and it was what stuck out most to me every single time I was on campus. It felt like home.
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
LT: In my college career I want to be a leader and improve my skills every day. I also want to win a national championship.
Favorite athlete: Kris Bryant
Hobbies: Skiing, hiking, camping, being with friends and family
Favorite book: The Hard Hat
Favorite movie: A Walk to Remember
Favorite TV show: One Tree Hill
Favorite musician: John Mayer
Little-known fact about yourself: I have a hot glue gun burn scar on the back of my hand from fifth grade
Best advice you've received: “Well done is better than well said”
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I see myself back in Chicago, engaged, hopefully, with a job as a social worker for kids who have lost their families
To be a part of the Duke field hockey program is … to give it your all every day and lead with your actions.