DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University senior midfielder Josh Offit recently was selected as a Scholar All-American by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). Offit is the 25th Blue Devil to earn the Scholar All-America honor.
One of four players from the Atlantic Coast Conference represented, Offit joins three players from the Maryland squad on the list. A history major, Offit is a two-time All-ACC Academic Team honoree and is having a standout senior campaign.
A Scholar All-American must be nominated by his coach and be a student with a senior year academic standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale). He must also be an All-American, a member of a North/ South team, or an outstanding league or conference player. He will have behaved in a manner that has brought credit to himself, his institution, and to college lacrosse both on and off the field.
The Bethesda, Md., native is fifth on the team in points with 25 goals and 16 assists for 41 points. His 25 goals are more than double what he had in 2012, while the 41 points are just nine shy of his total from the three previous seasons combined. Offit has at least one point in 18 of the 20 games and registered multiple goals nine times. He tallied a career-best five points (3g, 2a) in Duke’s 19-16 win over Virginia and also had five points in the narrow ACC Tournament loss to North Carolina.
Offit has been especially crucial late in games for the Blue Devils this season. In Duke’s six wins by three or fewer goals, Offit has netted a crucial goal in the fourth quarter to help secure the win in five of those Against Loyola, the Bethesda, Md., native broke open a 6-6 tie with 9:40 left as Duke went on to win 9-8. He gave Duke a two-goal lead, 10-8, with 2:35 remaining versus North Carolina and then had the go-ahead goal against Harvard with 5:25 to play. In the victory over Virginia, Offit scored the tying goal and then assisted on the team’s 19th tally to secure the win. Most recently, the senior caption gave Duke’s its first lead against Loyola in the NCAA Tournament first round game since it was 1-0 with a tally with 9:20 to go in regulation.
For his career, Offit has played in 70 games with 62 goals and 29 assists for 91 points and helped Duke capture the 2012 ACC Championship. In his four seasons, Duke has advanced to the NCAA semifinals all four years and won the top prize in 2010. Offit is 59-20 for his career at Duke.