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Three Blue Devils selected to preseason All-ACC Field Hockey team

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Lauren Blazing headlines the trio of Blue Devils selected to the preseason All-ACC squad.
Redshirt junior goalkeeper Lauren Blazing headlines the trio of Blue Devils selected to the preseason All-ACC squad.

Monday brought some good news for the Blue Devils, as three players were named to the 2014 preseason All-ACC Field Hockey Team. The trio was tied with North Carolina for the most players selected to the squad in the conference.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper Lauren Blazing joined juniors Aileen Johnson and Amanda Kim on the team.

Blazing is coming off a slight knee injury scare but should start against Michigan State in the season opener, head coach Pam Bustin said. The Durham native is coming off a breakout season in which she garnered third-team All-American honors as well as an All-ACC selection. Johnson, a midfielder also joined Blazing on the all-conference team last season. Kim's selection as a defender is the first of her career.

Duke was also selected to finish second in the ACC. The vote was taken by the conference's head coaches, who chose the Tar Heels as the favorite to win the ACC this season.

Duke finished close in the poll as it pulled in 30 points to the Tar Heels 31. Syracuse was on the Blue Devils heels with 29 points. Boston College and Wake Forest tied for fourth, with Virginia and Louisville rounding out the bunch at sixth and seventh.

The Blue Devils finished with a 17-7 record in the 2013-14 season and caught fire at the end of the season, making it all the way to the NCAA title game. They lost 0-2 to Connecticut, but still managed the upset of the tournament, as they took down No. 1-ranked Maryland in a 3-2 thriller in the semifinals.

Duke will travel to East Lansing, Mich., to take on the Spartans Friday, Aug. 29 to kick off the 2014-15 campaign.

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