COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Duke University graduates Lauren Blazing and Stefanie Fee have been selected to the 2017 U.S. women’s national field hockey team roster, as announced by USA Field Hockey Friday.
Fee has been a defender on the senior national team since graduating from Duke in 2012 and over the summer competed with Team USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics, helping the squad reach the quarterfinal round. A native of Virginia Beach, Va., Fee owns 97 caps with the U.S. and previously was a member of the team that captured gold and punched its ticket to Rio at the 2015 Pan American Games.
A standout on the back line for the Blue Devils, Fee started every game for Duke during her four years in Durham. She garnered All-America, All-ACC and ACC All-Tournament Team accolades as a senior in 2011, in addition to being named to the Longstreth/NFHCA All-South Region first team. During her collegiate career, Fee guided the Blue Devils to a pair of NCAA quarterfinals appearances and a trip to the ACC title match in 2011.
A member of the U.S. senior national team in 2014-15 and 2015-16, Blazing earned her first international cap with the squad last February against Canada. Along with Fee, she was also a member of the U.S. team that took gold at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. The 2016 Duke graduate has also previously competed internationally with the U.S. U21 junior national team.
A three-time All-American at Duke, Blazing concluded an impressive collegiate career by leading the Blue Devils to the NCAA semifinals for the second time in three years in 2015. She compiled a 49-29 ledger in four seasons as Duke’s starting goalkeeper and graduated ranked third in program history in career saves (385) and goals against average (1.39).
In 2017, Team USA will host several home series in addition to competing in the FIH Hockey World League Semifinals June 15-July 23 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The squad will also take part in the Pan American Cup Aug. 4-13 in Lancaster, Pa.