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Duke Leads League with Eight Named All-ACC Academic
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/28/2013
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DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke field hockey team landed a league-high eight Blue Devils to the 2012 ACC All-Academic team as announced by league officials Thursday, February 28.    

Seniors Abby Hassinger and Mary Nielsen along with junior Emmie Le Marchand are three-time honorees while juniors Devon Gagliardi and Paula Heimbach picked up their second honor.  First-timers to the list include senior Chelsea Amsley, junior Brenna Rescigno and redshirt freshman Lauren Blazing.   

Duke's eight selections led the conference while North Carolina had six recognized, followed by Maryland and Virginia with five each and Boston College and Wake Forest each with three members.  To be eligible for the award, the candidate must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career along with a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters. 

Hassinger served as the anchor to Duke's defensive line, starting all 18 games this season.  The Dauphin, Pa., native scored her first goal since her freshman year against North Carolina and was named to the ACC All-Tournament team and earned second team All-South Region honors.

Nielsen also started every game in her senior campaign and finished third on the team with 13 total points on the season.  At the conclusion of her career, the Duncan, British Columbia native tied for 34 in career points in Duke history with 47 total.

 Le Marchand continued to be an offensive threat for the Blue Devils in 2012 by leading the squad in points (27) and goals (11) for the second straight season.  The All-ACC and first team All-South Region honoree is currently ranked 11 on Duke's career goal list with 38 total and 13 on Duke's career points list with a total of 91.

Heimbach started all 18 games on the Blue Devils' defensive line during the 2012 season and has started 40 out of 41 games in her Duke career. She picked up her first collegiate defensive save in Duke's ACC Tournament game against Maryland and scored her first collegiate goal against California on October 19 in overtime to secure a Duke victory.  At the conclusion of the season, the Palm, Pa., native earned third team All-America honors, All-ACC honors and All-South Region honors for her performance.

Gagliardi continued her scoring prowess from last season to finish the season with seven goals and four assists to bring her career totals to 17 goals and ten assists. The Wilkes-Barre, Pa., native earned her first career hat trick against Kent State while also picking up two assists to give her a single game career-high of eight points.

Amsley started and appeared in all 18 games this season.  The Chambersburg, Pa., native led the team in with six assists while scoring two goals off five shots in her senior campaign.

Rescigno is known to be one of the Duke's most powerful players during the 2012 season.  The defender started every game of her junior campaign and scored a career high four goals on the year. 

Goalkeeper Blazing was credited with 51 saves in thirteen starts during the 2012 season, earning a goals against average of 1.99.  The Chapel Hill, N.C., native missed five games during the season due to participation the Junior Pan American Games.   

For more information and a complete list of honorees, click here