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Duke names Morton (Gwynedd Mercy Academy) as an assistant coach

Thursday, 10th July 2014

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 7/10/14
From Press Release

Duke University women’s lacrosse head coach Kerstin Kimel (Haverford High) has announced the addition of Lauren Morton (Gwynedd Mercy Academy) as an assistant coach for the Blue Devils. Morton will work closely with the program’s offensive personnel.

“I am excited to officially welcome Lauren Morton into the Duke lacrosse family,” Kimel said. “She is no stranger to our program as she has been involved with our camps as a student-athlete, college counselor and coach over the last 10 years. It has been a pleasure to watch Lauren grow and evolve from successful student-athlete to professional coach during this time. Lauren’s offensive experience, coaching background, personality and leadership make her an ideal fit to direct our offense. Lauren is an excellent addition to our program, Duke Athletics and the Duke University community and will be a fantastic representation of everything we stand for.”

Morton comes to Duke after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Georgetown University, where she worked primarily with the team’s offensive unit. During her two years in Washington, D.C., the Hoyas compiled a 24-15 record and made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament, reaching the second round of the championship in 2014. Morton oversaw two All-America and 11 All-BIG EAST selections and directed an offense that averaged 12.00 goals per game in that time.

Prior to joining the Hoyas, Morton served as an assistant coach at her alma mater, Boston University, for the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. During her tenure in Boston, the Terriers captured the 2012 America East regular season title and went 10-2 in conference play, including posting a 6-0 mark in 2012. While at Boston University, she coached three IWLCA All-Region honorees and one All-American in Danielle Etrasco.

Morton began her collegiate coaching career at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., helping guide the Leopards from 2008-10. She has also previously been involved with Ultimate Goal Lacrosse in Philadelphia, an organization that helps athletes ages 12-18 focus on all aspects of development, communication and teamwork.

A 2008 graduate of Boston University, Morton was a four-year letterwinner and two-time captain for the Terriers in the midfield. She received All-America recognition from the IWLCA as a senior, in addition to earning a spot on the all-region first team and being named the team’s most valuable player. Morton collected all-region second team honors her junior year and was selected to the America East All-Rookie Team following her freshman season.

As a senior at Boston University, Morton was selected the recipient of the Aldo “Buff” Donelli Leadership Award, presented to a senior who demonstrated outstanding leadership both on and off the field, as well as the John B. Simpson Award, given to both a male and female senior who demonstrates enthusiasm and leadership. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the university.

“I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity to join Kerstin [Kimel] and Amanda [Barnes] on staff with Duke women’s lacrosse,” Morton said. “I look forward to working with this staff and an exceptional group of student-athletes.”

Morton led Gwynedd mercy Academy to an undefeated season as a senior, earning All-County and All-League honors. She was named Bicentennial and Team MVP while team won Bicentennial League and Catholic Academy titles.



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