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The polls are out for field hockey

The field hockey team is ranked fourth in the first National Field Hockey Coaches Association poll of the season. The Blue Devils, who beat No. 5 Wake Forest in overtime Saturday, are ranked behind Michigan State, Maryland and North Carolina.

Duke lost to the Spartans in their second game of the season but the team has since reeled off four consecutive victories. The Blue Devils will face Maryland Sept. 25 and North Carolina Oct. 10. All five ACC teams are ranked in the top 10.

 

Blaum makes cut on tour

Junior Ryan Blaum finished tied for 19th at the Virginia Beach Open this weekend. The event is a part of the Nationwide Tour, which is an extension of the PGA Tour.

Blaum fired a six-under-par 282 and was the only amateur to make the cut. The junior was consistent throughout the 72-hole event, shooting rounds of 71, 69, 72 and 70.

“You couldn’t have put a price on the experience I got this week,” said Blaum, who earned a spot in the event by winning the July Eastern Amateur in Virginia Beach. “I learned that I can play out there with those boys, I proved that, and I didn’t even play my best. I played solid, but I didn’t career it. Overall, it was an extremely encouraging week. I really soaked everything in and enjoyed the moment.”

 

Beard named WNBA Player of the Week

After struggling at the start of her WNBA career, Alana Beard has turned things around in the professional league. The former Duke star was awarded WNBA Player of the Week honors after averaging 22 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals over the three-game stretch when the Mystics were undefeated. She is averaging 12.2 points per game on the season.

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