DURHAM, N.C. – Duke’s trio of Lauren Blazing, Paula Heimbach and Emmie Le Marchand were selected to the 2013 Longstreth/NFHCA Division I All-America teams, as announced by the organization Monday, Dec. 2.
Heimbach was named to the first team, Le Marchand to the second team and Blazing to the third team after leading the Blue Devils to the NCAA championship game for the fourth time in program history and the first time since 2005. Duke’s three selections were the most since the 2011 season, while the ACC placed a nation-high 16 players across the three All-America squads.
A native of Palm, Pa., Heimbach garnered All-America recognition for the second consecutive year and made her first appearance on the first team. She guided the Blue Devil defense to four shutouts and a 1.49 goals against average and helped the unit limit 14 of its 24 opponents to one goal or fewer. One of the squad’s most dependable backs over the past four seasons, Heimbach tallied one goal, two assists and one defensive save this fall and also earned All-South Region first team and All-ACC second team honors.
Le Marchand, who hails from Worcester, England, also received the second All-America nod of her career. She paced the Duke offense this season with a career-best 48 points on 17 goals and 14 assists and ranked third in the ACC in points per game (2.00). The dynamic forward was named to the All-South Region first team, All-ACC second team and the ACC All-Tournament team and concluded her career fifth all-time in program history in points (139), seventh in goals (55) and ninth in assists (29).
Blazing enjoyed a breakout season in goal for the Blue Devils en route to earning the first All-America accolades of her career. A product of Durham, N.C., she ranked fifth nationally and first in the ACC in save percentage with a .792 clip and was second in the league in saves per game (5.88). Blazing posted a career-high 22 saves in a 3-2 overtime shootout victory over previously unbeaten and top-ranked North Carolina Sept. 27 and collected All-South Region first team, All-ACC second team and ACC All-Tournament team honors earlier this fall.
Head coach Pam Bustin’s squad compiled a season ledger of 17-7 and finished the national runner-up, falling to Connecticut in the title match in Norfolk, Va., 2-0. The Blue Devils made their fifth appearance in the national semifinals and reached the national championship game with a 3-2 upset of top-ranked and top-seeded Maryland.