DURHAM, N.C.—A trio of Blue Devils has been selected by Inside Lacrosse as Preseason Media All-Americans as announced by the media outlet Monday. The list is compiled by votes from the media members who vote in the weekly media poll.
Senior Brad Smith is a first-team choice, while senior Cade Van Raaphorst and junior JT Giles-Harris were voted to the second team. The Blue Devils are one of five programs to have at least three players voted to the top three teams and one of two – the other being Yale – to have three representatives on the first and second teams.
Duke’s leader on the first midfield line, Smith returns for his final season after garnering USILA All-America first team accolades in 2018. He ranked second on the team in scoring with 29 goals and 36 assist for 65 points. A two-time All-American, Smith ranked 24th in assists per game last season and was third in the ACC in points per game. He enters the 2019 season on a 37-game point scoring streak. He has played in 57 contests in his career and has 58 goals and 60 assists to sit in a tie for 38th on the Duke career points list with 118.
Stalwart defensemen Van Raaphorst and Giles-Harris anchor the Blue Devil close defense. A first-team choice in 2018, Van Raaphorst led the defense with 43 ground balls and 23 caused turnovers his junior season. He is a two-time All-ACC pick and was responsible for guarding the opponent’s top scoring threat for the nation’s 12th-ranked scoring defense. He has played in 52 career games and has 91 ground balls and 43 caused turnovers.
Giles-Harris, a USILA All-America third team selection in 2018, started 19 games at close defense and ranked second on the team with 22 caused turnovers. He was a key member of the nation’s 12th-ranked defense that allowed just 8.65 goals per game and earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week in 2018 following his performance against Air Force. For his career, Giles-Harris has started 37 games and owns 54 career ground balls.
The Blue Devils, ranked second in the Inside Lacrosse Face-Off Yearbook preseason poll, kick off the 2019 campaign Feb. 2 at Furman. A win over the Paladins would give head coach John Danowski 400 career victories.