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Lacrosse: Duquesne-bound Compton earns roster spot with Dukes

August 13, 2013|By DANIEL KAUFFMAN | kauffman@herald-mail.com

North Hagerstown graduate Anna Compton already knew she was heading to Duquesne University in a matter of weeks to pursue a political science degree.

Then she got the call from Duquesne’s rising women’s lacrosse program, informing her that she had earned a spot on next season’s team.

“It was one other girl and I for the position,” said Compton, who won the roster spot in a recent tryout. “I’m actually very excited. It’s a big moment for me. I’m taking every day as it comes and I’m obviously going to work harder to improve as a player there.”

Compton’s game already has improved tremendously, allowing her this opportunity.

As part of North’s potent attack that included twins Leah and Kayla Peterson and Maddie Palkovitz — all four of whom earned All-Washington County First Team honors (Leah Peterson was the county player of the year) — Compton finished with 22 goals and 35 assists in 14 games last season. Her 35 assists tied for second-most in the county, and her 2.50 assists per game ranked second outright.

“Her coaches from the past have done a nice job working with her, developing her and giving her the skills and the field sense,” said Hubs coach and proud father Rob Compton. “By herself, she’s a threat enough so when she has the ball, people are looking at her and she can attract two or three defenders and then get it to the girls filling in the holes.

“I’m excited for her. She was going to Duquesne either way, it was her school of choice. Once she knew she was going, she made contact with the coach and had the opportunity to try out for a position, and she was able to get it.”

Anna Compton credited her teammates for helping her develop. Over the last two seasons, North has gone 22-5 and won two MVAL Antietam titles, going 5-0 in conference games each season. The Hubs reached the Maryland Class 3A/2A West semifinals last season before losing to nationally ranked Century.

“I think definitely the twins helped me a lot, they gave me confidence and advanced my game,” Compton said. “I think we all passed on a little knowledge from each other. The entire team gave each other things to learn.”

Duquesne went 11-7 last season and finished ranked 28th in NCAA Division I. The Dukes play in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

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