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NCAA Jun 17, 2022

Duke signs Jenna Royson from Georgetown as graduate transfer

DURHAM – Head coach Robbie Church and the Duke women’s soccer program have announced the addition of defender Jenna Royson, who will join the Blue Devils as a graduate transfer for the 2022 season.

A 5-8 native of Toms River, N.J., Royson saw action in 59 matches, while making 45 starts over the last four seasons with Georgetown.  She started 18-of-19 matches on the defensive end and helped lead the Hoyas to 10 shutouts.  Royson guided Georgetown to a 14-2-6 overall record, helped the team win its fifth Big East Championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round in 2021. A 2019 and 2020 All-Big East Second Team honoree, Royson also earned All-East Region accolades in 2020, after starting 13-of-14 matches she played in.  Over her three years at Georgetown, the Hoyas collected 44 shutouts on the defensive end.

“We’re excited to add Jenna to our soccer program,” said Church.  “Obviously, with her younger sister Emily being in the program for the last two years, she’s very familiar with our program. Jenna is coming out of a great program and had a great four years at Georgetown. It’s exciting to get a quality young lady and player like she is. We think she’s a very versatile player who is good on both sides of the ball with possession and out of possession. Jenna’s going to bring us a lot of experience and we’re really excited to get her in here and get her mixed in with our incoming and returning players.”

With Royson joining the Blue Devil squad, she will be reunited with her sister Emily, who is a junior defender at Duke.  Jenna Royson also played PDA club soccer with Blue Devil graduate student Mackenzie Pluck.

Royson earned her degree in Economics along with a minor in Art and Business Administration at Georgetown and will enroll in the Master of Management Studies (MMS) program at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.

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