Caroline DeBellis, one of the most talented and decorated attackers in the class of 2019 is eager to finally suit up for the Duke Blue Devils. DeBellis is coming off of a masterful career at Cold Spring Harbor, leading the Seahawks to the State Championship for the second consecutive season. Now, a freshman at Duke, DeBellis is excited to be part of a big time program and elevate her lacrosse career. Read more about Caroline in a recent interview with the LILJ.
Q. What were some of the reasons you chose to continue your lacrosse career at Duke?
A. I chose Duke because of its amazing academics and athletics. I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere and culture on campus. I loved the coaches and all of the girls on the team were so welcoming.
Q. How has the adjustment been going from a high school athlete to a college athlete?
A. The adjustment has been smooth and I have enjoyed the transition. You learn quickly how to manage your time between school and lacrosse. It’s important to develop a good daily routine. It is definitely challenging but I love it so far.
Q. What are you most looking forward to as the upcoming season rolls around?
A. I’m looking forward to finally playing in real games and putting the Duke uniform on for the first time! This has be a dream and goal of mine for a long time.
Q. What long term goals do you wish to accomplish throughout your time at Duke?
A. I hope that our team will be successful and that we will return to the NCAA tournament for the fours years I am at Duke. I also hope to win an ACC Championship while I am here.
Q. Who are some of the people who have helped you get to where you are today?
A. My parents have been great supporters and advocates of my lacrosse career. I would not be here without their help and support. My high school coaches in all sports have helped me greatly, especially my lacrosse coach, Danielle Castellane. My trainer Scott Schreiber who also helped me grow as an athlete tremendously. And lastly, my teammates over the years who played unselfishly which helped lead us to back to back State Championships.
Q. Is their anything that you learned while playing at CSH that will help you while at Duke?
A. My time at Cold Spring Harbor has taught me that team chemistry is far more important than talent. During my Junior and Senior years my high school won back to back state championships, we all got along well both on and off the field and everyone played unselfishly by putting the team before themselves.