The last week was a week of drafts in terms of the “non-major sports”, like soccer and lacrosse. It was also a big week to be a senior at Duke who played those sports in Durham.
Six Blue Devils were selected in the Major League Lacrosse Draft, which was a record for the program in the eight round draft. Jordan Wolf became just the 11th ever Blue Devil to be drafted when he was selected second overall by the Rochester Rattlers (he will join them after his senior season). He is now the third Duke player to be taken with the number two pick. Wolf is the only Blue Devil to earn All-ACC honors in his first three seasons.
Luke Duprey was taken fourth overall by the New York Lizards. He led Duke with 37 caused turnovers and was 5-for-8 in draws, including two against Syracuse in the National Championship.
The other four players were selected by the same team: the Charlotte Hounds. They were Brendan Fowler (14th), Josh Dionne (18th), Henry Lobb (31), and Chris Hipps (55). Fowler was the Most Outstanding Player of the 2013 NCAA Championship.
The Duke lacrosse season begins on February 8th against Jacksonville in their quest to defend their title.
On Friday, three Duke women’s soccer players were selected in the National Women’s Soccer League Draft, all by the Boston Breakers.
With the 13th overall pick, Boston selected Natasha Anasi, who started her final 73 matches at Duke. She was a part of 39 shutouts on defense.
With the 23rd pick (third round), the Breakers selected Mollie Pathman, who started 83 of the 87 games she played in her career (she played defense, midfield, and forward). She helped lead the U20 team to the World Cup title in 2012.
With the 34th selection (fourth round), Boston selected Kim DeCesare. She scored 22 goals over her last two seasons at Duke and in her senior season, she scored nine game winning goals.
In their career, these three tallied a 57-27-13 mark.