DURHAM, N.C. – A trio of current and former Blue Devils is set to represent the United States in the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup. Team USA kicks off tournament action Saturday at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre in London.
The World Cup field in London is comprised of 16 teams, broken into four pools of four teams. The U.S. women’s national team, listed No. 7 in the International Hockey Federation Hero World Rankings, will compete in Pool B along with second-ranked England, 10th-ranked India and 16th-ranked Ireland.
Pool play is slated for July 21-29, followed by crossover matches July 30-31 and quarterfinal, semifinal and medal matches Aug. 1-5. The U.S. first faces Ireland Saturday at 1 p.m. ET before taking on England Wednesday, July 25 at 3 p.m. ET and India Sunday, July 29 at 12 p.m. ET. All World Cup contests will be streamed on Bleacher Report Live.
Lauren Blazing, Duke ‘16
#22 – Goalkeeper – 11 International Caps
Blazing is one of two goalkeepers on the 18-player U.S. World Cup roster. Since joining the U.S. women’s national team in 2014, the Durham, N.C., native has recorded 11 caps, including in series against The Netherlands, Canada, Chile and Argentina this year. She served as an alternate at the 2016 Pan American Games, when the U.S. secured qualification to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Blazing was also previously a member of the U.S. U-21 national team that finished seventh at the 2013 Women’s Hockey Junior World Cup in Germany.
Blazing completed an outstanding collegiate career in the goal cage at Duke, garnering All-America accolades three times and leading the Blue Devils to the NCAA semifinals twice.
As the USWNY finalizes their training and game plan for one of field hockey's biggest stages, get to know members of the team that will be taking part in the World Cup this summer in these specially designed bio cards.— USA Field Hockey (@USAFieldHockey) July 7, 2018
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Stefanie Fee, Duke ‘12
#2 – Defender – 111 International Caps
Fee returns to the World Cup stage after helping the U.S. earn a fourth-place showing at the event in 2014. The former Blue Devil All-American owns 111 caps as a defender on the U.S. squad and contributed to an impressive fifth-place finish at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. She has also been a part of medalist performances at the FIH Hockey World League Championship, Champions Challenge, Pan American Games and Champions Trophy.
At Duke, Fee started each of the 81 games during her career, garnering Longstreth/NFHCA All-America, All-South Region first team, All-ACC and All-ACC Tournament accolades. During her senior campaign, the Virginia Beach, Va., native anchored a defensive unit which ranked second in the ACC and eighth nationally in goals against average (1.2)
Today's featured athletes: Stefanie Fee, Erin Matson and Kathleen Sharkey! 🏑 Get to know members of the USWNT that will be taking part in the @Vitality_UK Hockey Women's World Cup this summer in these specially designed bio cards. https://t.co/G0zeCvvL31 #Gr1tForGlory pic.twitter.com/orF284WLVi— USA Field Hockey (@USAFieldHockey) July 9, 2018
Margaux Paolino, Duke ‘20
#26 – Striker – 9 International Caps
A rising junior midfielder at Duke, Paolino earned her first international cap with the U.S. women’s national team in February and was awarded a spot on Team USA in March. She heads to London with nine caps under her belt, including in the series against Canada, Chile and Argentina this year. Hailing from Villanova, Pa., Paolino has previously been a member of the U.S. U-21, U-19 and U-17 squads, helping the U-21 national team capture the silver medal at the 2016 Junior Pan American Games.
Paolino was a second team All-America selection by the NFHCA in 2017 after leading Duke in assists (10) for the second time in as many seasons. She also received first team All-South Region and All-ACC honors during her sophomore campaign.
Alyssa Manley, Margaux Paolino and Tara Vittese. Check out today's 3️⃣ USWNT athlete bio cards! Who will be representing the 🔴, ⚪️ and 🔵 in the Vitality Hockey Women's World Cup next week? View all the revealed bio cards right here.👉🏽 https://t.co/G0zeCvvL31 #Gr1tForGlory pic.twitter.com/FVXMpgVIkz— USA Field Hockey (@USAFieldHockey) July 13, 2018