Late Season Honors Roll In
The honors have started to roll in for the Blue Devils as the regular season nears a close. The Blue Devils trio of Deemer Class, Myles Jones and Jordan Wolf was named to the Tewaaraton Award nominee list. They were three of 28 represented as Duke joined Loyola as the only two schools with three selections. Class, Jones, Wolf and Brendan Fowler all were recognized by the ACC coaches as picks on the All-ACC team. Duke was one of three schools to have at least four players represented. Most recently, Case Matheis and Class were named to the ACC All-Tournament team for their efforts in the semifinal setback to Syracuse Friday night.
Wolf Makes History
Senior attackman Jordan Wolf became the first Blue Devil to garner All-ACC honors four times in his career this past Thursday when he was one of 14 players voted to the squad by the league’s six coaches. He is among a short list of seven players in ACC lacrosse history to have accomplished the feat, joining Maryland goaltender Niko Amato. Either other Duke players – Peter Rubin, Josh Dennis, Matt Ogelsby, Tyler Hardy, Kevin Cassese, Matt Danowski, Zack Greer, Max Quinzani – earned All-ACC honors three times in their careers.
Keeping the Streaks Alive
A host of players kept their point streaks alive against Syracuse in the semifinals Friday night. Jordan Wolf extended his point streak to a nation’s best 56 games and his goal streak to 16. Fellow attackman Josh Dionne tallied at least one point for the 32nd straight game to rank 12th nationally. Case Matheis has scored a point in every game he has appeared this season, while the sophomore midfield duo of Myles Jones and Deemer Class are riding 12 and 10-game point streaks, respectively. Duke is one of two schools to have two players among the top 12 in point scoring streaks.
Duke Suffers Heart-Breaking Loss in ACC Semifinals
Syracuse scored two goals in the final 15 seconds to escape with a 16-15 victory over No. 2 Duke in the ACC Tournament semifinals Friday evening. The Orange closed the game on a 6-1 run over the final nine minutes and scored the winning goal with one second remaining. The loss stopped the Blue Devils’ eight game win streak and marked just the third time since 2007 Duke had failed to make the ACC Championship game. The previous two times – 2010 and 2013 – Duke went on to win the NCAA title. Case Matheis led Duke with three goals and five points overall, while Jordan Wolf had a goal and four assists. Overall, three players tallied hat tricks – Matheis, Josh Dionne and Deemer Class. Luke Aaron made 12 saves, including seven in the first quarter.
Deemer Class Continues Hot Streak
Averaging 4.67 points per game in his past nine outings and 3.67 for the year, Deemer Class is one of the top midfielder scorers in the nation. His 3.67 points per game average is third amongst all midfielders and 24th overall. Additionally, he is fourth among all sophomore scorers. Overall, Class has 30 goals and 25 assists for 55 points with four hat tricks and three-plus points in 11 of his 15 outings, including three tallies against Syracuse. His 55 points are nearly triple his freshman season production as he attempts to become just the second midfielder in Duke history to score 40 goals in a season.
MLL Season Gets Underway
Six former Blue Devils suited up for Major League Lacrosse over the weekend. Jake Tripucka and Matt Danowski for Charlotte, Nick O’Hara for the new Florida squad and David Lawson, Michael Manley and Justin Turri donned Rochester Rattler jerseys. Turri had the biggest day of the six with three goals, including a two-pointer, and two assists for six points. Manley registered his first two-point goal and finished with three points, while Lawson had two goals in a losing effort to the New York Lizards. Both Charlotte and Florida suffered setbacks in their season openers. Teams are back in action this weekend.
Finishing the Regular Season
Much like the 2013 season, the Blue Devils hit the road to take on a first-year program to close out the regular season. After finishing final exams Saturday, Duke will travel to Boston to play Boston University Sunday at 1 pm. The game can be seen live online via the Patriot League Network. Links will be available at GoDuke.com.
Blue Devils Await NCAA Tournament Fate
With an at-large berth locked up, Duke will wait to see who it will host in the NCAA Tournament first round. The selection show will be aired live May 1 on ESPNU at 9 p.m. Early bracketology prior to the ACC Tournament had the Blue Devils as the No. 1 seed overall. Duke currently owns the No. 2 spot in the latest NCAA RPI behind Syracuse. Overall, Duke has played eight of the top 10 in the RPI.
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