The Blue Devils featured a young and inexperienced squad in 2017, finishing the year with a 13-5 overall record, advancing to the NCAA quarterfinals and No. 6 ranking in the final USILA poll. The 13 wins marked the 11th straight season and 20th overall with at least 11 victories. Duke started the year 2-2 before going on a 12-3 stretch that included seven top 20 victories.
Sent on the road to No. 6 seed Johns Hopkins for the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Devils dominated the Blue Jays 19-6 to advance to their 15th NCAA quarterfinal. Looking to return to the NCAA semifinals for the first time since 2014, Duke fell to eventual NCAA runner-up Ohio State 16-11.
Justin Guterding, headlined the nation's eighth-ranked offense, with 97 points from 51 goals and 46 assists. Senior Jack Bruckner finished with 65 points (47g, 18 a) as he completed his stellar career on a 56-game point streak. Brad Smith paced the midfield with 39 points.
Defensively, Duke had its best season since 2009. The Blue Devils allowed just 8.38 goals per game this season to lead the ACC and rank 12th nationally. Cade Van Raaphorst and Danny Fowler helped anchor the defense, earning All-ACC honors.
GUTERDING IN THE DUKE RECORDS BOOK
Justin Guterding had one of the finest single season offensive performances in Duke history in 2017. The Garden City, N.Y., native compiled 97 points from 51 goals and 46 assists to rank in the top 10 in Duke single-season history in all three categories. His 97 points are tied for second with Matt Danowski, while his 51 goals are 10th and his 46 assists are fifth. Guterding, Jordan Wolf and Danowski are the lone three Blue Devils to rank in the top 10 in each of the season categories.
For his career, Guterding has 238 points to rank sixth in Duke history. His 146 goals are eighth and his 92 assists are 10th. With just eight more assists, the lefty attackman will be just the sixth player in Blue Devil history to record 100 goals and 100 assists in his career. He currently is one of four players to rank in the top 10 in each of the three career categories.
GUTERDING JOINS ELITE ACC COMPANY
The junior attackman led the ACC in goals (51, 2.83/gm), assists (46, 2.56/gm) and points (97, 5.39/gm) to become just the fifth different player to achieve the feat since 1954. Duke's Steve Sachs accomplished it twice in 1967 and 1969, while Matt Ward is the most recent in 2006. It has only happened three times, including Guterding in 2017, since 1966. His 97 points are tied for second in ACC single-season history and he is one of four players to score 90-plus in a season. All four of them hail from Duke.
ACC Leaders in Goals Assists and Points
Steve Sachs, Duke (1967) 32 goals, 34 assists, 66 points
Steve Sachs, Duke (1969) 22 goals, 27 assists, 49 points
Jack Heim, Maryland (1966), 27 goals, 31 assists, 58 points
Tucker Radebaugh, Virginia (1999), 42 goals (tied), 31 assists, 73 points
Matt Ward, Virginia (2006) 42 goals, 25 assists, 67 points
Justin Guterding (2017) 51 goals, 46 assists, 97 points
ROWE IN THE NCAA RECORDS BOOK
Kyle Rowe graduates from Duke as one of the all-time leaders at the faceoff X. Spending three seasons with the Blue Devils after transferring from Stony Brook, Rowe won 819-of-1330 faceoffs (.616) and picked up 499 ground balls. He is fourth in NCAA history in ground balls (499), fifth in faceoffs won (819), sixth in faceoff attempts (1330), 11th in ground balls per game (7.80) and 17th in faceoff win percentage (.616). At Duke, he is behind only Brendan Fowler in the school's records book. In his three seasons, Rowe won 571-of-933 (.612) and picked up 339 ground balls. His 7.06 ground balls per game average in his three seasons is the best in school history.
RECAPPING THE MLL DRAFT
Four Blue Devils recently were selected in the 2017 Major League Lacrosse draft. Jack Bruckner headlined the quartet as the 39th pick by Rochester. Zenker was taken by the New York Lizards with the 62nd pick, while Kyle Rowe went 67th to the Rattlers and Ian Yanulis 68th to Boston. There are former Blue Devils on the rosters of each of the three teams as Duke looks to add to its strong list of players in the MLL.
BLUE DEVILS IN MAJOR LEAGUE LACROSSE
A selection of former Blue Devils are standing out for their respective Major League Lacrosse teams. Jordan Wolf and Myles Jones are the top two leaders in points per game, while Ned Crotty paces the league in assists. Nine former Blue Devils have played multiple games this season and Matt Danowski is set to resume his time with the Bayhawks after the conclusion of the collegiate season.
Rochester Rattlers (3-3, 1.5 games back)
Jordan Wolf, despite missing three games to injury, leads the league in scoring at 6.67 points per game. The former Blue Devil great is coming off of a nine-point outing for the Rochester Rattlers as they spoiled the Outlaws' perfect record. Overall in his three games, Wolf has 13 goals and seven assists for 20 points.
Ned Crotty joins Wolf as an offensive leader for the Rattlers with 17 points in his four games with Rochester, including a league-best 11 assists. Michael Manley has played in just one game this season.
Chesapeake Bayhawks (3-1, .5 games back)
Myles Jones, playing for the Chesapeake Bayhawks, is second in the league in scoring at 4.5 per game. He owns 10 goals, two of which are two-point tallies, and six assists in his four games. Against Boston, Jones recorded five goals, including a two-pointer, and 10 points overall in a 19-18 win.
CJ Costabile also is having a strong season for the Bayhawks. In his four outings, Costabile has three goals and an assist, 21 ground balls and has won 22-of-55 faceoffs.
Charlotte Hounds (2-4, 2.5 games back)
The trio of Brendan Fowler, Will Haus, and Patrick Resch all suit up for the Hounds. Fowler handles the faceoff duties, winning 60-of-108 (.555) and picking up 34 ground balls, which rank third in the league. He is picking up the ground ball on 57 percent of his draws, the best percentage the top faceoff specialists in the league.
Haus has 22 ground balls in his six outings to rank ninth overall and fourth among non-faceoff specialists. Resch has two assists and two ground balls in his six games.
New York Lizards (2-2, 1.5 games back)
David Lawson is the lone Blue Devil on the Lizards' roster and has six goals and seven points overall in his four games.
Boston Cannons (2-3, 2 games back)
Justin Turri, playing three games this season, has one goal and four assists for five points.
FORMER DUKIES SET TO BATTLE FOR TEAM USA SPOTS
A collection of eight former Blue Devils are among the 59 players recently selected to try out for the 2018 U.S. Men's National Team. Led by Duke head coach John Danowski, the United States will hold the first round of tryouts July 10-12 at the new U.S. national teams training center in Sparks, Md.
Following the initial round of tryouts, U.S., Danowski and his staff will follow with additional tryouts and training weekends at US Lacrosse on the weekends of Sept. 1-4 and Oct. 6-9.
The United States will head to 2018 FIL World Championship next summer. The tournament recently was relocated from England to Israel. The exact dates and location will be announced this summer.
A FAR TOO EARLY LOOK AT 2018
The Blue Devils concluded the season ranked sixth in the final USILA poll and were one of the final eight teams playing. Duke loses nine players to graduation, but returns eight starters and 16 of 22 players who played at least 10 games in 2017. Overall, Duke returns 80 percent of its points and 78 percent of its goal scoring and 59 percent of its caused turnovers
In addition, the Blue Devils will add yet another talented crop of freshmen, which includes the trio of Under Armour All-Americans Nakeie Montgomery (Dallas, Texas), Cam Badour (Ottawa, Ont.) and Raines Shamburger (Atlanta, Ga.). Badour helped IMG Academy to the No. 4 ranking in the Super 25. He recently recorded two goals and an assist for IMG in the Geico Nationals semifinals semifinal against Georgetown Prep. Montgomery helped lead The Episcopal School of Dallas to state runner-up honors behind Jesuit College Prep School in a 9-8 title game loss, while Shamburger helped Avon Old Farms to a 15-2 record this past season.