Duke's Kaiser will miss season with knee injury

NDP grad was selected preseason player of year

Lacrosse

January 18, 2002|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Duke senior Kate Kaiser, a three-time All-America lacrosse player and Lacrosse Magazine's Preseason Player of the Year, will miss the entire 2002 season after tearing her right anterior cruciate ligament on the first day of practice.

The Notre Dame Prep graduate will be redshirted this season and plans to return to the lineup next year. She plans to have surgery to repair the ligament within two weeks.

"Obviously, we are devastated for Kate, but she has handled all of this incredibly well," said Duke coach Kerstin Kimel. "Fortunately for her, this happened at a point in the year where redshirting is still a possibility, assuming that her surgery and rehab go well."

Kaiser led Duke in scoring last season with 50 goals and eight assists, rising to second on the Blue Devils' career goals (116) and points (130) lists.

A member of the United States Elite Squad, Kaiser was one of five finalists for the Tewaaraton Trophy, awarded to the best male and female college lacrosse players.

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