Duke Lacrosse Names Team Captains for 2011 Season

DURHAM, N.C. The Duke women's lacrosse team has named senior Sarah Bullard, senior Virginia Crotty, and redshirt junior Emma Hamm tri-captains for the 2010-2011 season, as announced by head coach Kerstin Kimel.

"I am pleased to announce that Sarah, Virginia and Emma will serve as captains for the 2010-11 season," Kimel said. "All three are natural leaders who always put the needs of the team and their teammates before their own. They are committed, hardworking and fierce competitors who lead by example both on and off the field and in the classroom. Our coaching staff is looking forward to working with this group as we pursue a championship season in 2011."

After serving as team captain her junior season, Bullard returns for her senior campaign after earning first team All-America honors from the IWLCA a season ago. The Needham, Mass., native led Duke with 48 goals and totaled 59 points on the year as she was named All-ACC, All-South and a Tewaaraton Trophy nominee.

Crotty stepped into a starting role last season and put up career numbers with 18 goals and three assists to rank fifth on the team in points. The New Vernon, N.J., native appeared in all 20 games for the Blue Devils and also posted career-bests in ground balls (13) and draws (8). Crotty tallied four goals to lead Duke past Vanderbilt on Feb. 14 and registered multi-goal games against Navy and No. 20 William and Mary as well.

Hamm will return to action in 2011 after missing the 2010 season due to injury. The Wayne, Pa., native started all 42 games as a sophomore and freshman and was a third team IWLCA All-America and consensus Inside Lacrosse, WomensLax.com and WomensLacrosse.com Rookie of the Year choice.

Duke welcomes eight newcomers for the 2011 season including freshmen Maddy Morrissey, Sydney Peterson, Molly Quirke, Sophia Sourlis, Tara Stokes, Emma Tucci and Taylor Virden, and sophomore transfer Jackie Klauberg.

Duke made its 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance in 2010 and ended the season with a 14-6 overall record after reaching the NCAA quarterfinals for a second straight year. The Blue Devils advanced to the quarterfinals with a thrilling, come-from-behind victory over No. 9 Vanderbilt in the opening round, as senior Lindsay Gilbride netted the game-winner with one second remaining. Three players Gilbride, Bullard and senior Danielle Kachulis earned All-America honors, while junior Christie Kaestner and sophomore Kate Thomas joined those three on the All-South team.

2010-09-23



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