DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke field hockey program and head coach Pam Bustin continue to introduce members of the Blue Devils' incoming class. This week, the spotlight is on Mary Harkins, a back/midfielder who hails from Kimberton, Pa.
A member of the U.S. U-19 and U-17 women's national teams, Harkins was one of nine Blue Devils selected to compete in USA Field Hockey's recent Young Women's National Championship in Lancaster, Pa.
Harkins and fellow incoming freshman Hannah Miller both completed their prep careers at Villa Maria Academy, leading the squad to a state title their junior season. Harkins was a two-time first team all-state selection at Villa Maria, in addition to twice receiving All-Mainline first team recognition.
She competed with the WC Eagles club program, winning national indoor and outdoor club titles on multiple occasions. Harkins also lettered in track and field.
Harkins joins four other Blue Devils in the freshman class.
Why did you choose Duke?
Mary Harkins: The academics.
What is your favorite field hockey memory?
MH: Winning a state championship.
When did you start playing field hockey?
MH: Eight years old - my stick being taller than I was.
What are your goals for your collegiate career?
MH: To grow into the best I can possibly be academically and athletically.
Who has had the biggest impact on your life?
MH: My mom because she always believes in me.
To be a part of the Duke field hockey program is … an amazing opportunity.