DURHAM, N.C.—Duke University junior attackman Justin Guterding was named to the 2017 USILA All-America second team to headline the Blue Devils' seven selections in the four categories. Brad Smith and Cade Van Raaphorst both earned third-team honors.
Rounding out the seven Blue Devil representatives with honorable mention nods from the USILA are Jack Bruckner, Danny Fowler, Kyle Rowe and Thomas Zenker. The seven choices are the most since Duke had nine representatives in 2014.
Guterding led the Duke offense in 2017 with a career-best 97 points from 51 goals and 46 assists. The Blue Devils' leading scorer in 15 of the team's 18 games, Guterding led the ACC in goals (2.83), assists (2.56) and points (5.39) per game this season. His 5.39 points per game average is the best in Duke history, surpassing Jordan Wolf's total of 5.15 in 2014, while his 97 points are tied for second with Matt Danowski in Duke single-season history. His 51 goals are tied for 10th and his 46 assists are fifth.
An All-ACC pick, the Garden City, N.Y., native recorded 11 hat tricks and scored at least five points in nine different outings. He tallied a career-high 10 points in wins over Cleveland State and Virginia during the regular season and in the NCAA first round victory over Johns Hopkins. The 10 points in the NCAA Tournament were the second most by a Blue Devil in program history. Guterding garnered ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors following his performance against the Cavaliers and again after his seven-point showing in the regular season finale versus Boston University.
For his career, Guterding owns 238 career points to rank sixth in Duke history and second among current juniors. His 146 goals are eighth, while his 92 assists are 10th. He tied Zack Greer as the fastest Blue Devil to 200 points, reaching the benchmark in just 50 games. Guterding is one of four Blue Devils to rank in the top 10 in school history in points, goals and assists.
A starter in all 18 games on the first midfield, Smith had a solid sophomore campaign with 20 goals and 19 assists for 39 points. He ranked third on the team in scoring and bested his rookie scoring output by 25 points in one fewer game. The veteran on the first midfield line, Smith tallied at least one point in 17 of his 18 outings and had multiple points in 12 of those. He scored a career-high four goals in the victory over Boston University and added a hat trick against Cleveland State. He dished out a career-best three assists versus Saint Joseph's and recorded a goal and two assists in the comeback victory over North Carolina.
Van Raaphorst, Duke's anchor on close defense, is the first Blue Devil close defenseman to earn a spot on one of the top three All-America squads since Michael Manley was a second-team choice in 2012. Duke's first All-ACC close defenseman since Tony McDevitt in 2008, Van Raaphorst was instrumental in the Blue Devils sporting the ACC's best defense with an 8.39 goals against average. He finished his season with non-faceoff specialist best 40 ground balls and tied for the team lead with 19 caused turnovers. Van Raaphorst was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after notching three caused turnovers and two ground balls while holding Saint Joseph's to just three goals and again following his two caused turnovers, seven ground balls and goal in the win over Boston University. For the year the Phoenix native picked up at least one ground ball in 17 games and had five-plus twice. He also registered a caused turnover in 10 games and had three in three outings.
A senior captain for the Blue Devils, Bruckner paired with Guterding to make Duke's attack unit one of the most dangerous in the country. The Belle Terre, N.Y., native was second on the team in scoring with 65 points from 47 goals and 18 assists. He finished his career with at least one point in 56 consecutive games and at least one goal in 16 straight games.
Ranked second in the ACC in goals per game (2.61) and fourth in points per game (3.61), Bruckner registered 10 hat tricks and five games with at least five points in 2017. He captured his first All-ACC honor after scoring a combined 21 points in the four ACC outings. Bruckner earned his first ACC Offensive Player of the Week honor following his combined five goals and two assists in wins over Loyola and Jacksonville. He added a second weekly award after he netted four goals in the 11-8 triumph over Notre Dame.
For his career, Bruckner played in 75 games with 59 starts and compiled 146 goals and 51 assists for 197 career points. He graduated ranked 15th at Duke in career points and eighth in career goals.
Duke's man between the pipes, Fowler has turned in the best season of his career to become just the fourth Duke goaltender to capture any All-America honors since Dan Loftus was a third-team pick in 2008. He anchored the nation's No. 12 defense to an 8.39 goals against average, the lowest by a Duke team since 2009. He finished 2017 with a career-best 8.81 goals against average and a .519 save percentage.
The senior captain stopped at least 50 percent of his opponents' shots in 12 of his 18 outings and double-digit stops in six of those. Duke's first All-ACC pick as a goaltender since 2005, Fowler made a season-high 14 saves in the win over Loyola and had 12 against the Fighting Irish. Overall, he led the ACC in save percentage and goals against average and held 13 of his 18 opponents under 10 goals.
One of the nation's top faceoff specialists, Rowe was stellar at the faceoff X for Duke in 2017, winning 214-of-367 draws for an ACC-best .583 win percentage. He also picked up 123 ground balls to lead the conference and rank ninth with a 7.24 per game average.
Rowe, an All-ACC pick, won at least 50 percent of his draws in 12 of his 17 outings and picked up the ground ball in 68 percent of his faceoff victories that resulted in ground balls. The Vienna, Va., native was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after winning 17-of-24 draws in leading Duke to a 12-8 win over rival North Carolina.
For his career, Rowe played in 64 career games and is peppered throughout the NCAA records book. He is one of seven players in NCAA history to compile 800 faceoff victories, edging former Blue Devil great Brendan Fowler for sixth in NCAA history with 819. His 499 ground balls rank fourth in NCAA history.
In his three seasons at Duke, Rowe compiled 339 ground balls and 571 faceoff victories to finish behind Fowler in the Blue Devils records book. His 7.06 average during his three seasons at Duke is the best in Blue Devil history, while his 7.80 career average is 14th in NCAA history.
Zenker, a key player as a shortstick defensive midfielder, was crucial in Duke's success on the defensive end of the field in 2017. He had his best season in his senior campaign with 24 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. The 24 loose balls were a career-best, while the seven forced turnovers tied with his total from last season. He picked up at least one ground ball in 14 games and had multiple in six of those. He corralled a season-high four in the season opener against Air Force.
A maintstay in the defensive midfield throughout his career, Zenker played in 71 career games, picked up 73 ground balls and forced 24 turnovers.
Duke finished the 2017 season with a 13-5 overall record and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the 15th time in program history.