Varsity sports teams aren’t the only teams on campus that take the Duke rivalry seriously. Club sports teams also want nothing more than to demolish Duke every time they compete.
“Whether they’re bad or good, it doesn’t really matter," said John Beeson, captain of the club hockey team. "We want to beat the pants off them. Like, it’s Duke. No matter what we want to beat them 10-0."
When it comes to the week of preparation before playing Duke, many club practices have a much different rhythm than usual. The intensity and excitement is heightened, as well as the expectation to perform come game time.
“As a lacrosse team, we don’t really treat it differently in terms of practice like drills or whatnot, but everyone knows it's Duke," said Jackson Ozello, a captain on the men’s club lacrosse team. "Everyone’s coming to practice ready to work hard and beat Duke. So, it's a very energetic practice. A lot more fun. A lot more intense."
Beeson agreed with Ozello’s sentiment about the increased focus when getting ready to face the Blue Devils.