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Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Duke Field Hockey Celebrates Alumni Weekend
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 04/16/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke field hockey team hosted its Alumni Weekend April 13-14 which included a scrimmage against North Carolina and an end of the year banquet that celebrated the 2012 season and all returning alumni.  Twenty-one former Blue Devils returned back to Durham to participate in the festivities. 

The Alumni Weekend festivities started with a scrimmage against North Carolina at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium Saturday, in which the two teams played to a 4-4 draw before the Blue Devils lost in a shootout. In the game, Duke saw goals from junior Grace Christus, sophomore Abby Beltrani and junior McKay Ross, while sophomore Jessica Buttinger tallied a goal and an assist. Junior Emmie Le Marchand notched an assist after making an outstanding pass to Buttinger for a goal off a penalty corner and junior All-American Paula Heimbach recorded an assist on Beltrani’s goal.

Following the game, the Blue Devils hosted its end of the year banquet where four awards were given out to members of the current team including the Caitlin Williams Defensive of the Year Award, Laura Suchoski Midfielder of the Year Award, Katie Grant Attack Player of the Year Award and Stefanie Fee Duke True Award.

The Caitlin Williams Defensive Player of the Year Award is named after the 2008 Duke graduate who played in 50 career games for the Blue Devils, tallying 207 career saves and 1.61 goals against average. With her impressive stat-line, Williams ranks third on Duke’s all-time list in goals against average, tied for sixth in career saves and 11th in career save percentage (.735).  Williams, a native of Greenland, N.H., garnered second team All-America, first team All-ACC and back-to-back All-South Region honors during her time at Duke.

The Caitlin Williams Award was given to Heimbach and senior Abby Hassinger for their outstanding performance on the back line for the Blue Devils this season. Heimbach and Hassinger started at defense in all 18 matches during the 2012 campaign, helping the team 2.37 goals against average. Heimbach, a 2012 Longstreth/NFHCA DI All-America selection, has started 40 out of 41 games in her Duke career picking up her first collegiate defensive save in Duke's ACC tournament game against Maryland.

Hassinger garnered All-ACC, ACC All-Tournament team and All-South Region honors after her solid performance in the back this season. The Dauphin, Pa., native started all 18 games on the Duke defensive line for the second consecutive year and scored her first goal since her freshman year against North Carolina on September 21.

The Laura Suchoski Midfielder of the Year is named after the four-time All-America selection, who tallied 86 appearances on the field during her time at Duke, registering 16 career goals and 30 career assists. A 2009 graduate, Suchoski was a three-time All-ACC selection and was the first Blue Devil in program history to garner All-America honors during her freshman campaign.

The Laura Suchoski Midfielder of the Year was awarded to Christus, who tallied five assists in 16 appearances for the squad this season. In her three years at Duke, Christus has started 57 of 59 games for the squad, notching nine career assists.

The Katie Grant Attack Player of the Year Award is named for the 2005 Duke graduate and 2005 ACC Player of the Year, who tallied 83 career goals and 63 career assists for the Blue Devils, guiding the team to a 70-23 (.753) overall record during her time as a Blue Devil. A native of Lehighton, Pa., Grant has etched her name into the Duke record books in a number of categories including career points (1st, 223), career goals (2nd, 80), career assists (T-1st, 63) and ranks third on the all-time ACC list for career points.

This season, redshirt junior Devon Gagliardi garnered the award after scoring seven goals and dishing out four assists for the team in 2012. Gagliardi, a two-time All-South honoree, finished second on the team in points in 2012 with 18.

 The Stefanie Fee Duke True Award is named for Duke Alumna Stefanie Fee, a four time letterwinner and defender for the Blue Devils. A 2012 graduate, Fee started in every one of the 81 games during her career, garnering Longstreth/NFHCA All-America, All-South Region first team, All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament honors. During her senior campaign, Fee anchored a defensive unit which ranked second in the ACC and eighth nationally in goals against average (1.2).

In addition to sharing the Caitlin Williams Award, Heimbach also garnered the Stefanie Fee Award for not only her outstanding performance on the field, but also her leadership, work ethic and dedication to the team.

2013 Field Hockey Alumni Weekend Award Recepients

Caitlin Williams Defensive of the Year Award : Paula Heimbach and Abby Hassinger

Laura Suchoski Midfielder of the Year Award: Grace Christus

Katie Grant Attack Player of the Year Award: Devon Gagliardi

Stef Fee Duke True Award: Paula Heimbach

Duke Field Hockey would like to share a special thank you to all of the alumni who joined the celebration:



Cyndi Breyer


Alison DeLeo


Tristan Duncan


Christy Gudaitis


Jenifer Kohout


Rachel Link


Ashley Pultorak


Patti Stein


Amy Stopford


Laura Suchoski


Kate Dwyer Teravainen


Caitlin Williams


Michele Donohue


Courtney Elliott


Shayna McGeehan Heinrich


Terri Burke


Deborah McGuinness


Ann Miller


Kathy O'Brien


Cathy Strachan


Katie Grant