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Pair of freshmen give women’s golf an international edge

(09/30/10 8:00am)

With the graduation of Aussie Alison Whitaker last May, Duke lost not just a vocal team leader, but also it’s only foreign flair. Once again this year, head coach Dan Brooks has reloaded his team with international talent, debuting two of the top freshmen in the country two weeks ago in the NCAA Fall Preview. Although freshmen Laetitia Beck and Alejandra Cangrejo may be new faces at college events in the United States, they both dominated the international amateur scene before making the decision to take their talents to Durham.

After Florida draw, Duke underwhelms Sunday

(09/20/10 8:00am)

After a close loss to No. 2 Stanford a few weeks ago, head coach Robbie Church emphasized that his team learned it could play with anyone in the country. With a dramatic draw against No. 5 Florida Friday, it’s apparent that Church’s young Blue Devil squad has great potential. But after barely scraping by unheralded Middle Tennessee State 1-0 Sunday in the finale of the Duke/Nike Classic, No. 15 Duke has plenty of work to do before beginning ACC play later this week.

Blue Devils start Fall Preview

(09/13/10 2:14am)

Duke’s season tees off today with the NCAA Fall Preview, a tournament that has been kind to the Blue Devils in the past. Just last year, Duke staged a marvelous comeback from a 10-shot deficit on the final day to steal the tournament from then-No. 1 UCLA. Now, senior Kim Donovan and the rest of the No. 6 Blue Devils will look to recapture that magic as play begins at the Texas A&M Traditions Club in Bryan, Texas.

Easy there, Andy—you have to walk before you run

(09/03/10 4:27am)

Everyone knows the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Well, neither were the football programs of recently bowl-competitive teams like Stanford, Northwestern or Wake Forest. Those optimists predicting Duke to similarly break out this year and make noise on the national scene may want to think twice before placing any bets. Though bowl games are within sight, the Blue Devils have to prove they can avoid a let-down season before fans get their hopes up.

Resurgent Duke boasts top recruiting class

(08/30/10 5:33am)

For a program that has reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament two out of the previous three years, 2009’s 8-9-4 record simply looks like it doesn’t belong. With an influx of elite young talent, however, and the progression of several key starters, No. 25 Duke (2-1-0) once again looks like it can challenge deep into November—especially after two quality wins to start the season.

Devils face second day struggles in tourney

(05/20/10 8:00am)

With finals in the rearview mirror, the Blue Devils spent the last few weeks preparing for the NCAA Championship, which started Tuesday on the Dye Course at the Country Club of Landfall in Wilmington, N.C. Playing in its 13th consecutive NCAA Championship, it’s safe to say that Duke had high expectations—and after a solid first day which left the Blue Devils tied for third, the team looked poised to challenge for what would be the program’s sixth national championship.

Blue Devil comeback falls just short at ACCs

(04/19/10 8:00am)

Facing a 15-shot deficit entering the third and final day of the ACC Championships in Greensboro, N.C., the No. 5 Blue Devils knew they needed to play nearly flawless golf and hope for some help in order to capture the program’s 17th ACC title. Although No. 13 Wake Forest opened the door Sunday with its worst round of the weekend, Duke just couldn’t overcome a wealth of high scores on the unforgiving 6,355-yard Sedgefield layout.

Church reloads with stellar recruiting class

(04/15/10 8:00am)

Senior graduation marks the departure of many of Duke’s best athletes, and head coach Robbie Church may be losing more talent than any other program, as four key personalities for the Blue Devils—Jane Alukonis, KayAnne Gummersall, Sarah Murphy and Elisabeth Redmond—will all bid farewell to a Duke team that made tremendous progress during their years.

Long 1st, Duke 2nd in Wolfpack Intercollegiate

(04/12/10 8:00am)

In what might be a preview of the ACC Championships in less than two weeks, Duke rode a final-day 281 to a second-place finish among an ACC-heavy field in Raleigh this past weekend. At the Lonnie Poole Golf Course on the campus of N.C. State, senior Adam Long—behind a gritty final-round 68—captured first-place honors at the Wolfpack Intercollegiate with a one-shot win.