DURHAM, N.C. – With the program’s spring schedule and graduation in the books, the Blue Devils have carried a number of storylines into the summer months.
Paolino in Action with Team USA
Rising senior midfielder Margaux Paolino has seen the field in several International Hockey Federation Pro League matches with the senior U.S. national team this spring. Most recently, Paolino and Team USA posted a 3-1 victory over No. 10 China May 18 in Lancaster, Pa., marking the team’s first win in FIH Pro League play. League contests continue through June 30, with Team USA next facing No. 6 New Zealand this Saturday in Lancaster.
During halftime of the U.S. women’s national team’s contest against China, USA Field Hockey honored Team USA alumni from across the decades. Duke head coach Pam Bustin and former Blue Devil standout Stefanie Fee were among those recognized.
PHOTO GALLERY: During halftime of the USWNT vs. China match in the #FIHProLeague on Saturday, May 18, Team USA alumni from throughout the decades gathered and were recognized as they shared memories and celebrated past victories. https://t.co/cX999PqY4D pic.twitter.com/nK84SiDvgx— USA Field Hockey (@USAFieldHockey) May 21, 2019
Blue Devils Complete International Tours
April saw several Blue Devils travel to Europe for performance tours with the U.S. U-19 and U-21 junior national teams.
Rising senior back Jillian Wolgemuth was one of 18 athletes named to the U-21 traveling roster for last month’s tour to Germany. The U.S. squad played four contests in the 3 Nations Invitational, drawing with Germany’s U-21 team, 1-1, to close out the tour.
Duke also featured several athletes on the U.S. U-19 traveling roster in rising sophomore forward Leah Crouse and incoming freshmen Hannah Miller and Josie Varney. Duke assistant coach Ralph Boersma served as an assistant coach for the squad, which rounded out its three-match series with a 4-3 defeat of Germany’s U-18 team.
Bitting Begins Coaching Career at Randolph-Macon
Recent Duke graduate Morgan Bitting has been named an assistant coach at Randolph-Macon for the 2019 campaign. The Blue Devils’ field captain as a senior, Bitting rounded out her collegiate career by representing Duke in the 2018 National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game. She was a three-year starter in the midfield for the Blue Devils, totaling two goals and 11 assists in 84 career contests. The Hummelstown, Pa., native helped guide the program to a four-year record of 63-21 with four straight appearances in the NCAA quarterfinals, including a trip to the national semifinals in 2015.
This spring, Bitting was named the recipient of the program’s Stef Fee Duke True Award, as well as a Heidrick Family Leadership Postgraduate Scholarship from the athletic department. She was a two-time NFHCA Scholar of Distinction as a sociology major with a minor in education and a certificate in Markets and Management Studies. Bitting also earned a spot on the NFHCA National Academic Squad all four years.
We are thrilled to announce the hiring of Morgan Bitting as our assistant coach! Morgan is a 2019 Duke graduate & was an integral member of @dukefh throughout her career. We are excited to have her energy & leadership on staff. Welcome to R-MC and the YJ fam, Morgan! #TFSS 🐝💪 pic.twitter.com/aVzFI2FMlf— R-MC Field Hockey (@rmcfh) May 29, 2019
Nine Home Dates Mark 2019 Slate
Duke head coach Pam Bustin and the Blue Devil program will look to carry postseason success into the 2019 campaign, which kicks off Aug. 30 at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium. Bustin announced earlier this month the 19-game regular season campaign, which features eight contests against opponents who were selected to the 2018 NCAA Championship field. In addition, half of Duke’s 2019 opposition finished this past season with 10 or more wins.
“We are excited for the upcoming fall challenge,” Bustin said. “The level of competition is again fantastic, keeping in stride with our daily Duke True philosophy of preparing at a championship level and upholding our traditionally high strength of schedule.”
The full 2019 schedule is available here.
Hats Off to Blue Devil Grads
The Blue Devils’ six seniors completed commencement exercises at Wallace Wade Stadium May 12.
Caroline Andretta, Morgan Bitting, Christy Palazzese, Erin Scherrer, Sammi Steele and Rose Tynan led Duke to four NCAA quarterfinals appearances, 63 wins and a .750 winning percentage and the first regular season ACC title in program history during their collegiate careers. Graduate student Tessa Gote also received her Master of Management Studies degree from the Fuqua School of Business.
🔹4 NCAA quarterfinals appearances— Duke Field Hockey (@DukeFH) May 12, 2019
🔹National semifinals appearance in 2015
🔹63 wins, .750 winning percentage
🔹1st ACC regular season title in program history
And now ... @DukeAlumni 👏🎓💙#Duke2019 pic.twitter.com/FDYIfeX5Xg