DURHAM, N.C. – Entering her eighth season at Duke, head coach Pam Bustin recently announced the Blue Devils’ incoming freshman class that will arrive in Durham this fall. Midfielder/forward Leah Crouse joins the program from Frank W. Cox High School in Virginia Beach, Va.
Crouse boasts national-level playing experience as a member of the U.S. U-19 and U-17 teams. She twice earned All-America honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association during her prep career at Frank W. Cox and was recently selected the school’s 2018 Female Athlete of the Year and the recipient of the 2018 Emilie Tilley Outstanding All-Around Senior Female Athlete award.
“Leah brings to Duke a great depth of skill, incredible speed and the will to win,” Bustin said. “Her already strong sense of discipline, both with her hockey training and with her academics, will definitely aid Leah through her first collegiate year and beyond.”
Crouse recorded 46 goals and 31 assists during her senior campaign at Frank W. Cox to round out her high school career a member of the century club in both offensive categories. She also led her team to a pair of state titles, scoring the game-winning goal in the championship contest as a senior.
“We are excited to bring Leah’s already elite game to the next level,” Bustin said. “Her work ethic and unconditional desire to learn and improve will certainly make her next four years fun and exciting for all!”
In addition to excelling with her high school team, Crouse has also been a member of the TCOYO club program.
Crouse joins five other incoming Blue Devils in the 2018 freshman class.
What is your favorite field hockey memory?
Leah Crouse: My best field hockey memory was last year when I scored the winning goal for the state championship.
Why did you choose Duke?
LC: The Duke community is so strong, and with the support of amazing coaches and teammates, I know that I can grow into the player that I desire to be. Also, for me, Duke has the best balance between athletics and academics. I can achieve an advanced education while playing competitive hockey in the ACC. There is no other place that I would rather be.
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
LC: I would like to win a title and make an impact.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
LC: Definitely my dad. I’m lucky to have a dad that loves field hockey as much as I do. He always supports me, even after bad games, and his presence on the sidelines and off the field has helped me become that player that I am today.
To be a part of the Duke field hockey program is … an honor. It is an honor to be a part of an amazing program that has such a tradition of success.
GoDuke.com will feature a member of the Blue Devils’ 2018 freshman class every Monday over the coming weeks.