DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University junior Brendan Fowler and senior David Lawson headlined the Blue Devils’ seven All-America selections with first team honors as announced by the United States Intercollegiate Athletic Association Thursday morning. The All-America honors are the first for both Blue Devils and mark the sixth time in Duke history at least two players earned first-team honors.
Junior Jordan Wolf captured second-team accolades, while Josh Offit was voted to the third team and Josh Dionne, Will Haus and Jake Tripucka rounded out the Duke representatives. The lone repeat All-America recipient of the group is Wolf, who also earned second-team recognition in 2012.
One of the nation’s top faceoff specialists, Fowler has excelled at the draw for the Blue Devils this season. He currently ranks third in faceoff percentage (.649) and is second in ground balls per game (9.63). Voted the ACC Defensive Player of the year, Fowler has won at least 10 draws in 18 of his 20 outings and is one of four Division I players to win 20-plus restarts in at least three games in 2013. He has collected a Duke single-season record 183 ground balls, while his 303 faceoff victories are just 12 shy of tying the NCAA single-season mark. His 183 ground balls are just 12 shy of taking over the No. 2 spot on the NCAA chart.
In 20 games this season, the Wantagh, N.Y., native is winning an average of 15.9 faceoffs per game. He has won 15-plus faceoffs in 13 games and tallied an incredible 25 in the ACC Tournament loss to North Carolina. He also picked up a career-high 15 ground balls against the Tar Heels and has had 10-plus ground ball games eight times. Fowler also has contributed three goals to the Blue Devils’ efforts this season.
Lawson, Duke’s top scoring midfielder, is third on the team in scoring with 32 goals and 15 assists for 47 points An All-ACC selection this season, Lawson is coming off of a career-best five-goal outing against Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals. His 32 goals are a career-best, while the 47 points are just five shy of his total from the 2011 and 2012 seasons combined. He has scored at least one goal in 18 of his 20 outings this season and had at least two goals in eight of those. Overall in the NCAA Tournament this season, the Westford, Mass., native has nine points with six goals and three assists. He became just the fifth player in Duke history to score at least five goals in a NCAA Tournament game when he had five against the Irish.
For his career, Lawson has played in 70 games with 27 starts. With 69 goals and 99 career points overall, he is one point shy of becoming the 42nd Blue Devil to reach the 100-career points mark.
Wolf, Duke’s leading attackman, headlines the offense with a career-best 49 goals and 25 assists for 74 points. A three-time All-ACC selection, Wolf is the first Blue Devil in history to earn All-ACC honors in each of his first three seasons and is riding a 39-game scoring streak dating back to the first game of the 2012 season. Wolf, ranking second in the ACC in goals per game (2.58) and fourth in points (3.89), has 14 multiple-goal games and most recently registered a career-high four assists in the win over Notre Dame. The Wynnewood, Pa. native tallied a career-best seven points three times in 2013, including a five-goal and two-assist outing in the ACC Tournament against North Carolina.
Duke’s top scorer for the past two seasons, Wolf currently ranks tied for 12th on the Duke career scoring chart with 190 points. His 112 goals are 11th on the Duke list, while his 49 this season rank 10th in single-season history.
Offit, a midfielder, is having an outstanding senior season with a career-best 25 goals and 16 assists for 41 points. Recently named to the Scholar All-America squad, the Bethesda, Md., native is fifth on the team in 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 captian gave Duke 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.
Dionne, a two-year starter at attack, is second on the team in goals with 40 tallies in his 19 outings. Dionne has at least one point in 17 of 19 games this season and is second on the team behind Wolf with six hat tricks. A native of Merrimack, N.H., he registered a career-high five goals in the win over Virginia. Dionne is Duke’s top man-up scorer with eight extra-man tallies and became the 41st Blue Devil to register 100 career points when he tallied three goals in the NCAA Quarterfinal win over Notre Dame. For his career, Dionne has played in 59 games with 39 starts and 86 goals and 15 assists for 101 points.
Haus anchors Duke’s defensive midfield this season with 48 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. Starting the year on the second midfield line, Haus moved back to his defensive midfield role and excelled. He has seven goals and five assists for 12 points and most recently corralled a career-high five ground balls in the NCAA Quarterfinal win over Notre Dame. For his career, the sophomore has played in all 39 games and has 10 goals and seven assists with 75 ground balls.
Tripucka, a member of Duke’s top midfield line, earns his first All-America award after tallying 18 goals and 22 assists for 40 points. He has at least one point in all but one game this season and netted a career-high seven points (3g, 4a) in Duke’s 19-16 win over Virginia to earn his first ACC Player of the Week honor. A native of Boonton Township, N.J., he has 12 multiple-point outings this season. Overall for his career, Tripucka has played in 75 games with 45 starts and 42 goals and 45 assists for 87 points.
Duke continues its NCAA Tournament run in the NCAA Semifinals against Cornell, May 25 at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2.