WDEL Athlete of the Week

Caravel's Phillips & Duarte - Athletes of the Week

By Sean Greene Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 11:34pm
VIDEO: Sean Greene speaks to Lauren Phillips and Olivia Duarte
It's been hard to separate Caravel's Lauren Phillips and Olivia Duarte over the past four years, so it's an easy choice to make them the Delaware SportsZone Co-Athletes of the Week.

The seniors have connected on four goals in the Bucs 3-0 start to the field hockey season.

They first met as opponents in youth lacrosse before joining forces for Caravel's middle school team.

Lauren and Olivia helped lead the Bucs to last spring's lacrosse semifinals, and six years of experience playing together has paid off according to Olivia.

"We're so used to knowing where each other is, just knowing how to work really well, and talk really well, together."

Lauren says Olivia has been a major key to the growth of both the lacrosse and field hockey programs.

"She's a leader on the field. That's so obvious in highlights and games, if we don't have her, we don't know what to do, we're lost without her."

In response, Olivia was quick to mention Lauren is a strong captain, too.

"Lauren is definitely someone who pushes everyone around her. She's such a positive influence on the field, she really pushes up the attitude and makes you want to play harder."

Once they graduate this spring, Olivia and Lauren will go their separate athletic and academic ways, but both will be playing Division I lacrosse.

Olivia, who racked up her 300th career lacrosse goal last May, is going to Colgate where she's she says she's considering studying sports medicine, physical therapy, or speech pathology.

Meanwhile, Lauren will be heading south to Florida to study nursing at Jacksonville University.

"I've always wanted to be a nurse, I love helping others. I want to be in the NICU, and love putting other people first."

Lauren said not having Olivia as a teammate will be different, but it sounds like she wants Jacksonville to schedule an opponent sometime over the next four years.

"It's really sad whenever I think about it, but I really want to go against her. I want to play her, I want to beat Colgate, but it's bittersweet."

What has been sweet is watching Caravel's Olivia Duarte and Lauren Phillips team up in two sports, they are this week's WDEL/Delaware SportsZone Athletes of the Week.

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