DURHAM, N.C.—Duke junior close defenseman Cade Van Raaphorst has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week following his standout performance in the Blue Devils’ 8-2 victory over No. 10 Notre Dame Saturday. This is the first ACC weekly award for Van Raaphorst this season and the fourth time a Duke player has taken home the honor in 2018.
Van Raaphorst helped anchor a strong defensive effort as the Blue Devils picked up their 10th win of the year by keeping Notre Dame to just two goals overall and scoreless in the second half. Matched up against Notre Dame’s top scorer, Ryder Garnsey, Van Raaphorst kept the junior attackman off the scoreboard and held him to just three shots in the game.
The two goals were the fewest allowed by Duke against an ACC foe since a 17-2 win over Virginia in 2005. It marked the second time this season the Blue Devils have not allowed a goal in the second half, holding Cleveland State scoreless in the final 30 minutes as well.
The Phoenix native, finished the game with a caused turnover and four ground balls. He pushes his season totals to 14 caused turnovers and 28 ground balls. He is second in caused turnovers on the team and fourth in the ACC, while his 28 ground balls are the most among close defensemen and third overall on the squad.
Duke, ranked third in the most recent USILA poll, is 10-2 overall and closes out its ACC schedule April 15 at No. 10 Virginia. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m., on ACC Network Extra.