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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (goduke.com) – Duke University’s Lauren Blazing was named the recipient of the Elite 90 award for the 2015 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championship, as announced at Thursday evening’s championship banquet at Michigan Stadium.
Blazing holds a 3.99 grade point average as a cultural anthropology and political science major. She is the first Blue Devil in program history to earn the distinction and the fourth Duke student-athlete to do so since the award was created in 2009, joining Matt Anderson (men’s lacrosse, 2010), Monica DeMairo (women’s lacrosse, 2011) and Mollie Pathman (women’s soccer, 2011).
In addition, Blazing joins six other previous recipients of the Elite 89 or Elite 90 award for field hockey, all of whom have come from ACC teams.
A two-time Capital One Academic All-America first team selection, Blazing was tabbed the ACC Field Hockey Scholar-Athlete of the Year last spring. The redshirt senior goalkeeper is also a two-time member of the Capital One Academic All-District III squad as well as a three-year member of the All-ACC Academic Team. She was named a National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Scholar of Distinction for the third straight year in 2014 and appeared on the NFHCA National Academic squad for the fourth time in her career.
The Elite 90, an award founded by the NCAA, recognizes the true essence of the student-athlete by honoring the individual who has reached the pinnacle of competition at the national championship level in his or her sport, while also achieving the highest academic standard among his or her peers. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s championships.
Eligible student-athletes are sophomores or above who have participated in their sport for at least two years with their school. They must be an active member of the team, traveling and a designated member of the squad size at the championship. All ties are broken by the number of credits completed.
Blazing and the Blue Devils face North Carolina Friday at 2:45 p.m. in the NCAA semifinals at Michigan’s Ocker Field. The match will be streamed on NCAA.com.