Duquesne star Kidder leads lacrosse team into Atlantic 10 tourney
College Football Videos
Don't mess with Duquesne's Amanda Kidder, not when she has a lacrosse stick, and not ... in a board game?
“You don't want to play her in a game of checkers, and you certainly don't want to see her on a lacrosse field,” Dukes coach Michael Scerbo said. “She is a kid that hates to lose.”
Kidder, a do-it-all sophomore midfielder, leads Duquesne into this weekend's Atlantic 10 Tournament. The second-seeded Dukes (10-6) face third-seeded Temple (9-7) in a semifinal at 3:30 p.m. Friday at UMass. The championship is 1 p.m. Sunday, and the winner advances to the NCAA Tournament, someplace Duquesne hasn't reached since the program's inception in 1997.
“I don't even know how to describe it,” Kidder said of reaching the NCAAs. “It would be amazing. We've talk about that as our primary goal since I got here, and to achieve that would be awesome.”
Kidder's first two seasons rival those of any Duquesne player in school history. She won Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year and earned first-team all-conference honors in 2012, and she's been even better this season. Kidder leads the Dukes with 46 goals and 60 points, and her name is all over the A-10 leaderboard: third in goals per game (2.88), first in caused turnovers per game (1.94) and third in ground balls per game (2.31).
“I think she has a bigger impact across the field than any other player in the conference,” Scerbo said. “She can compete with the kids that are just supposed to score goals, and she can be better than all the top defenders in the conference. That really makes her a special kid.”
Despite her prolific offensive numbers, Kidder said her favorite part of the game is causing turnovers, which goes along with her aggressiveness. Her teammates notice that, too.
“She is the scrappiest girl I have ever met in my life,” junior Haley Marafioti said. “She is so quick, and her endurance is insane. She just won't stop until she gets what she wants.”
Marafioti and Kidder live about 10 minutes apart in the suburbs of Rochester, N.Y. That's where Kidder developed her competitive side. She has a brother who is three years younger, and they had two lacrosse nets and two soccer goals in the backyard. That meant lots of heated pickup games.
Kidder also was a standout soccer player in high school but said she focused more on lacrosse because she figured there would be more opportunities to play in college. Kidder caught the eye of Scerbo as a sophomore, and she visited the campus as a junior.
“I loved everything Duquesne had to offer,” said Kidder, an athletic training major.
Despite interest from schools such as Virginia Tech and UMass, she committed to a Duquesne program that had hovered around .500 for much of Scerbo's tenure.
“I knew when we recruited her that if we could get her on campus, she could change the face of our program because she's a winner,” Scerbo said.
The Dukes have gone 22-12 since her arrival, thanks in large part to Kidder and her hate-to-lose mentality. Marafioti, though, said Kidder's competitiveness belies a much softer persona. As long as you're not playing a board game against her.
“On the field, she has an attitude, and she doesn't get pushed around,” Marafioti said. “Off the field, she's this little sweetheart who doesn't hurt a fly. It's kind of cool to see the change.”
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Steelers sign former ACC Player of the Year Boyd for QB depth
- Mother, baby found dead in Millvale apartment
- Polamalu could be next in long line of Steelers greats given unceremonial exit
- Pittsburgh firefighters agree to 4-year contract
- Rossi: Kang would benefit from less attention
- Wolf reverses Corbett, says deal between Highmark, UPMC doesn’t limit continuity of care to very ill
- Search for bomb turns up nothing at Kittanning school
- Pirates pitcher Locke fighting for 5th spot in starting rotation
- Weather continues to cause crashes, public transportation delays
- Penguins’ Lovejoy embracing defensive pairing with Pouliot
- Heidelberg bar shut down for not paying drink tax