LANCASTER, Pa. – Duke University’s Lauren Blazing, Stefanie Fee and Margaux Paolino have been named to the 18-player roster that will represent the United States at the Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup this summer in London.
The Vitality Hockey Women’s World Cup will take place July 21 to Aug. 5 at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre’s pitch, located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London. The tournament field 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.
Blazing was one of two goalkeepers named to the U.S. World Cup roster after joining the U.S. women’s national team in 2014. The 2016 Duke graduate completed an outstanding collegiate career in the cage, garnering All-America accolades three times and leading the Blue Devils to the NCAA semifinals twice. Blazing has recorded 11 caps with Team USA, including in series against The Netherlands, Canada, Chile and Argentina this year.
Fee, a 2012 graduate of Duke, returns to the World Cup stage after helping Team USA earn a fourth-place showing at the same 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.
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. The Villanova, Pa., native was a second team All-America selection by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association in 2017.
The U.S. women’s national team opens World Cup play against Ireland July 21 at 1 p.m. ET. A full schedule is available here.