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Women’s recruits: Trimble (Episcopal Academy), Smith (Wissahickon), Francis (Hill School) lead incoming class for Duke’s Kimel (Haverford)

Friday, 8th July 2011

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School, Recruiting, Posted 7/8/11
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Fresh off the program’s sixth trip to the NCAA semifinals, head coach Kerstin Kimel (Haverford High) and the Duke women’s lacrosse team will welcome 10 incoming freshmen this fall as the squad begins preparations for the 2012 campaign.

“Our staff and team are looking forward to the long-awaited arrival of the Class of 2015,” said Kimel. “The group collectively is just outstanding — they are fantastic students, incredible athletes and significant contributors in their community. I am confident they will be loyal and dedicated teammates, excelling both academically, athletically and in the Duke community.”

One of the more diverse groups to matriculate at Duke, the Class of 2015 is comprised of 10 student-athletes from eight states and includes Alex Smith (Wissahickon) and Taylor Trimble (Episcopal Academy) of Pennsylvania, Callie Francis (Hill School) of Florida, Brigid Smith and Erin Tenneson of Maryland, Katie Trees of California, Gabby Moise of New Jersey, Kerrin Maurer of New York and Angel Thompson of Texas.

“We are excited that this group represents various regions of the country from New England, down to Florida and over to Texas and the West Coast,” added Kimel. “This versatility will serve our team well as we build a squad that will strive for championship performances in 2012, both on the field and in the classroom.”

Duke’s two incoming freshmen from Pennsylvania include Alex Smith of Gwynedd Valley and Taylor Trimble of Rosemont. Although Smith missed the majority of her senior season due to injury, she still earned US Lacrosse Academic All-America honors in addition to multiple all-league accolades during her career at Wissahickon High School.

Kimel added, “Alex (Smith) is a well-rounded player, who unfortunately suffered a broken collar bone in her senior season, forcing her to miss much of the season. Our hope is the summer will allow her to be fully recovered so that she can be 100% and ready to go in the fall.”

Fellow Keystone State native Trimble, a highly touted midfielder from Episcopal Academy, was named team captain of the U.S. U19 National Team in addition to acquiring first team All-America recognition. After totaling 96 goals her senior season, Trimble amassed 297 career goals to go along with 124 assists, 346 ground balls and 201 draw controls during her four seasons at Episcopal. Trimble also was a two-time winner of the Heather leigh Albert award as the top player at the US Lacrosse National Tournament.

“Taylor is a dominant two-way player who we expect to have a smooth transition to ACC lacrosse. She has great skills and is able finish and distribute the ball, which will enable her to thrive in our team system. More importantly, Taylor is a great leader as demonstrated by her selection as team captain for the U.S. U19 team, and I expect her to fill a similar role within her class at Duke as well.”

A product of Ponte Vedra, Fla., Callie Francis completed a standout career at The Hill School in Pottstown, Pa., establishing the school record for career points while also earning first team All-America, Academic All-America and team MVP honors in 2011.

“Callie (Francis) possesses tremendous speed, quickness and overall athletic ability. Her high school team used her as more of a two-way midfielder in her senior season and this experience will no doubt serve her well as she transitions to the college game. We hope to use her in the same capacity here, and I have no doubt she will thrive in this role here at Duke.”

Maryland, a state which has produced four current Blue Devils, is represented in the Class of 2015 by a pair of first team All-Americans in Brigid Smith (Rockville) and Erin Tenneson (Pasadena). Smith, a product of Our Lady of Good Counsel High School, totaled 194 goals and 153 assists during her career, while garnering Academic All-America, first team all-conference and Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year accolades.

“Brigid (Smith) is easily one of the top offensive threats in this year’s recruiting class” said Kimel. “Her acceleration and quickness with the stick make her an unbelievable threat with the ball.”

Fellow Maryland product Tenneson graduated from Chesapeake High School after earning Academic All-America and all-county recognition during her career. Also a prolific scorer in high school, Tenneson amassed 143 goals and 50 assists in four seasons, while also lettering in field hockey.

“Erin (Tenneson) is one of the most well-rounded players in the class. Her size, combined with her speed, footwork, stick skills and a tremendous game sense that has evolved from her multi-sport background, make her an ideal candidate for our midfield.”

San Diego, Calif., native Katie Trees enters Duke as the No. 1 rated prospect from the Western United States according to West Side Lax. Trees accumulated multiple honors during her four years at Torrey Pines High School, including all-league, all-county and all-region honors A soccer standout as well, Trees is also expected to play for the Blue Devils’ soccer squad.

“Katie (Trees) is one of the best overall athletes in our class and she will be our first duel sport athlete in almost 12 years. Katie has great size, speed and overall athletic ability, which will help her make a quick transition to lacrosse in December. We are looking forward to welcoming our first player from southern California to the program.”

Three-time first team All-ISL selection Chelsea Landon, a product of Norwell, Mass., lettered four seasons at Nobles and Greenough and earned league most valuable player recognition following her senior campaign. A three-sport athlete, Landon’s career totals include 196 goals and 190 assists as the midfielder also led her team to three ISL titles.

“Chelsea (Landon) is a fantastic two-way player who excels between the thirties,” said Kimel. “She has tremendous game sense and field vision, which enables her to share the ball extremely well all over the field. She is versatile and is someone who we would like to think can help us in transition and on the defensive end as well.”

Hailing from Princeton, N.J., Gabby Moise attended Peddie School and totaled 93 goals her final two seasons in addition to earning first team All-Galaxy and Coach’s Award honors.

“We are so excited to welcome Gabby (Moise) to the Duke Lacrosse family. A multi-year camper, we have been able to watch Gabby evolve and grow over the years into an elite player. She possesses great speed and athleticism, which will serve her well in our defensive system.”

One of four Blue Devil incoming freshmen to garner Under Armour All-America status, Kerrin Maurer is a native of Setauket, N.Y., where she attended St. Anthony’s High School and captured multiple Catholic High School Player of the Year and all-league accolades. A multi-sport athlete, Maurer earned 14 varsity letters in three sports and also acquired Newsday Long Island Player of the Year recognition in both lacrosse and basketball.

“Kerrin (Maurer) was an exceptional three-sport athlete at St. Anthony’s, where she was a leader and top performer in volleyball, basketball and lacrosse. She has a great lacrosse IQ, in addition to tremendous offensive skill and vision that will allow her to evolve into a great offensive threat at this level.”

Duke’s final member of the Class of 2015 travels from The Woodlands, Texas, where Angel Thompson was a four-year starter in goal at The Woodlands High School. Twice named all-state in her career, Thompson totaled 504 saves during her career.

“We are excited to welcome another Texas player into our program. Angel (Thompson) is very athletic and has a great work ethic, which will serve her well as she transitions her game to the college level. “

The Blue Devils’ 10 newcomers will join an experienced roster of 27 returning letterwinners that posted a 15-5 overall record and 4-1 mark in ACC play during the 2011 season. Duke, which finished the season ranked fourth in the nation by the IWLCA, also returns three All-Americans in Emma Hamm, Kat Thomas and Kim Wenger, as well as All-South Region selections Mollie Mackler and Lauren Martin for the 2012 season.

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