DURHAM, N.C.—For the second time this season the Blue Devils have swept the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Weekly awards with Justin Guterding taking home the ACC Offensive Player of the Week honor and Danny Fowler garnering the Defensive Player of the Week accolade. The duo was instrumental in leading top-ranked Duke to a 15-12 win over No. 4 Denver Friday evening.
It is the second honor for Guterding this season and the first for Fowler.
Guterding, Duke’s top scorer in every game this season, did not slow down against the Pioneers Friday. He finished the night with three goals and three assists to lead the Blue Devils in a 15-12 comeback victory.
With the Blue Devils trailing 12-8 after three quarters, Guterding scored a goal and dished out two assists as Duke outscored the Pioneers 7-0 in the fourth quarter. He started the run with an assist in the fourth and provided what proved to be the game-winning assist, his 18th of the season. In four games this season, Guterding has 33 points (15g, 18a) for an 8.25 points per game average. He is now 29 points shy of reaching the 300-mark – the third Blue Devil to do so.
Fowler put in a solid outing between the pipes Friday night, making eight saves in 49 minutes of action. The veteran backstop started the game and made six first-half stops as Duke and Denver headed into halftime tied with the Pioneers 6-6. Just like Duke has done all season, Fowler went to the bench in the second half, but was inserted back into the game with 4:31 to play in the third quarter.
In the final 14:31, he tacked on two saves and anchored the defense that allowed just three shots to the Pioneers in the fourth quarter. Fowler sports a 7.31 goals against average and a .575 save percentage this season and is averaging just under six saves per game after playing just 30 minutes in each of the first three outings.
Top-ranked Duke (4-0) travels for the first time this weekend to take on No. 17 Penn. Faceoff is set for Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. Fans can watch the game on the Ivy League Network streamed through the WatchESPN platform.