DURHAM, N.C.—Duke sophomore close defenseman Cade Van Raaphorst was named the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Co-Defensive Player of the Week on the strength of his performance in Duke’s 16-3 victory over Saint Joseph’s Saturday. The weekly honor is the first of Van Raaphorst’s career and the first for a Blue Devil this season.
Van Raaphorst, Duke’s leader in caused turnovers this season, anchored the Blue Devils’ defense to its finest performance of 2017. The Phoenix, Ariz., native recorded three caused turnovers and a pair of ground balls as the Blue Devils cruised to a 16-3 triumph over the Hawks.
Van Raaphorst and Duke allowed Saint Joseph’s just six first-half shots and only 21 in the game, while forcing 17 turnovers. He had three of the 10 caused turnovers for the Blue Devils to push his season total to seven. The 21 shots taken by the Hawks were the fewest allowed by the Blue Devils this season.
The Blue Devils are 3-2 overall and ranked 17th in the latest USILA poll. Duke returns to action Sunday, March 5 against No. 16 Richmond. Faceoff is set for 12 p.m., at Robins Stadium.