Cherry Seaborn, recently engaged to longtime boyfriend and British singer Ed Sheeran, has connections to North Carolina.
Seaborn, 25, and Sheeran, 26, were childhood friends and went to school together before she headed off to Duke University. Seaborn is originally from Suffolk, England.
Seaborn joined the Blue Devils’ starting offense during her first and only season at Duke in 2013. She started her first 21 matches before being injured. She played in 23 of 24 games, helping Duke reach the NCAA championship match. She totaled six goals for 12 points and was ranked second on the team in game-winning goals with three, including in a double-overtime victory at Rutgers and against California.
Seaborn also led her field hockey team to back-to-back British University championships in 2012 and 2013.
She was enrolled in the master’s degree program in management studies at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business.
“Ever since I was in high school, I’ve always wanted to study in the United States,” Seaborn told Duke. “I looked into different schools that were good academically and also at hockey, and Duke was one that really jumped out at me. I made my decision purely based on recommendations.
“Duke has such a good name in England, and there were a lot of people who told me to go there. There were also some English girls (at Duke), so I talked to them too.”
Sheeran revealed on Instagram that he had proposed to Seaborn over Christmas.
And Seaborn’s favorite on-the-field memory at Duke? Beating UNC, of course.
“Definitely (the win over) UNC. For me, I’m not that aware of the rivalry, because I’ve only been here for a few months,” Seaborn told Duke. “But to play in a game that meant so much to the team, for me, like I love this team, and to make them so happy and be a part of that was amazing.”