More than the weekend, Duke field hockey assistant coach, Jess Jecko, was inducted into the Higher Utica Sports Hall of Fame. This is a substantial accomplishment as Jecko is the initially field hockey player to obtain this honor from the organization. The induction ceremony took spot on Sunday, September 17 in downtown Utica. Jecko was inducted alongside other achieved folks such as CAA basketball official D.J. Carstensen, Main League Baseball player Archi Cianfrocco, NASCAR Hall of Famer Jerry Cook, and the 1983 New York-Penn League champion Utica Blue Sox.
Jecko, initially from Clinton, N.Y., was a standout at Sauquoit Valley Higher College prior to moving on to play 68 games as the goalkeeper at Syracuse University. She played a important part in top the Orange to the 2015 NCAA Championship as a senior captain. Jecko’s exceptional overall performance in the tournament earned her a spot on the NCAA All-Tournament group. She permitted only 5 objectives in 4 games, such as a shutout of Princeton in the second round. In the championship game, Jecko produced 5 saves as the Orange avenged their earlier loss to North Carolina and claimed the championship trophy.
In the course of her time at Syracuse, Jecko played in a total of 68 games as a 3-year starter in objective. She completed her profession with a 1.31 objectives against typical, ranking her sixth all-time for an Orange goaltender. On top of that, Jecko produced 217 saves, putting her eighth in Syracuse history. She also had the chance to represent the U.S. National Group and accomplished notable accomplishments, such as getting named Player of the Match against Australia in 2019 and Queen of the Match against Korea at the 4 Nations Women’s Ibaraki International Tournament in 2018.
Soon after graduating from Syracuse in 2016, Jecko started her coaching profession as a volunteer assistant coach for the Blue Devils throughout the 2020-21 season. She then spent a year as an assistant at Dartmouth in 2021 prior to rejoining Duke’s employees in May possibly of 2022.
Presently, Duke’s field hockey group is ranked ninth nationally. They lately secured victories against No. six Syracuse and Old Dominion. With a record of six-1 and 1- in the ACC, they are preparing for upcoming matches against Boston College and Harvard this weekend.
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