Duke Trio Wins Nexus Championship Title


DURHAM, North Carolina –field hockey duke paige bitting, Hannah Miller and Josephine Palde return to Durham with a summer title to their name. The trio recently helped their team – Salt Lake City – to the 2022 Senior Nexus Championship presented by Osaka Hockey Title with a 3-2 comeback victory.

The group of Bitting, Miller and Palde were just three of the current nine Blue Devils who suited up for teams in the Nexus Championship held at the Virginia Beach Regional Training Center last week. Shelby Bumgarner was part of the Paris vice-champion team, while Grace Norair took third place as a member of the Los Angeles team. There were eight teams in total.

In the gold medal game, Salt Lake City fell 2-0 to Paris before making a furious comeback in the closing minutes. The first count came in the 53rd minute on a penalty corner. Two minutes later, Salt Lake City tied the game on another penalty corner, then Miller pushed Salt Lake City ahead 3-2, deflecting a ball off the post.


Alayna Burns, Hannah Miller, Shelby Bumgarner, Josephine Palde, Barreau

Salt Lake City finished the tournament with an overall record of 2-0-2, the only team in the competition not to suffer a loss. Paris, with Bumgarner helping to anchor the defence, went 3-1 and allowed six goals in the four outings.

Norair and Los Angeles went 2-1-1, handing London a 5-3 loss in the bronze medal contest. Alayna burns and Barb Civitelle were in Atlanta (1-3), while Josie Varney helped lead Athens (1-3). First-year student Macy Szukic rounded out Duke contingent with Tokyo (1-3). Associate Head Coach Ralph Boersma was the head coach of the fourth-placed London team.

The Blue Devils return to campus in early August and begin training August 10. Duke opens the 2022 season on the road at Rutgers, Aug. 26 at 1 p.m.



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