Duke’s Blazing Named ACC Field Hockey Player of the Week

Goalkeeper plays pivotal role in Blue Devils’ win over top-ranked UNC

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Blazing has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Field Hockey Player of the Week following a stellar performance in the Blue Devils’ 3-2 shootout win over top-ranked and previously unbeaten North Carolina.

Blazing saved 22 of the Tar Heels’ 24 shots on goal in the Sept. 26 match as Duke defeated their ACC rival for the first time since 2006 and handed North Carolina its first conference regular-season loss in three years. The 22 saves more than doubled Blazing’s career high and are nine more the next-highest single game total by an ACC keeper this season. The Durham, N.C., native’s effort included a critical stop on the Tar Heels’ fourth shootout attempt to send Duke to the win in the ACC opener.

Blazing (8-2) also tallied four saves in Sunday’s 3-1 nonconference victory over Longwood, giving her a 1.14 goals against average for the season, along with an .833 save percentage.