DURHAM, N.C. – With preseason training just weeks away, the Duke field hockey program shines the spotlight on freshman goalkeeper Charlotte Johnson.
Johnson, who hails from Bridgehampton, N.Y., completed her prep career at Pierson High School, where she notched 161 saves as a senior and 634 saves over her four seasons. She guided her squad to four consecutive conference championships and a third-place finish in the state her freshman campaign.
An all-state selection as a senior, Johnson also garnered first team all-conference, all-county and all-region accolades her junior year.
Johnson played with the East End Field Hockey club program. She also lettered in track and field at Pierson, taking part in the discus, shot put, 400m and the 3,000m.
She joins four other Blue Devils in the freshman class.
Why did you choose Duke?
Charlotte Johnson: Duke exudes excellence in every possible way. Whether it is through their renowned athletics or high caliber academic programs and resources, Duke seems to have it all and wants to see its student athletes succeed.
What is your favorite field hockey memory?
CJ: Going on Sport Euro Tour's Trip to Amsterdam to player at the Drijver Goalie Academy. In addition to winning the championship game, playing with and against Europe's best male and female hockey players.
When did you start playing field hockey?
CJ: Seventh grade is the first year that New York state public schools allow sports competition, so I decided to take a leap of faith and try field hockey. As our very first season approached, we had no one playing goalie, so my coach asked and basically begged who would try it. I volunteered, somehow coined the name "Twinkle Toes" by my middle school coach's father (our biggest fan) and the rest was history.
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
CJ: To learn as much as I can, to develop and refine my skills, to maintain a high saves percentage, to win a national championship and to get a fantastic education.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
CJ: My parents, who have always supported my high aspirations of pursuing a future at a fantastic institution whilst playing the sport I love. My mom set high standards for me and inspired me to hold myself to them and is my biggest supporter.
To be a part of the Duke field hockey program is … more than a dream come true.