DURHAM, N.C.—Inside Lacrosse has released its second annual Media All-America list and five Blue Devils earned recognition in a survey of more than 20 individuals who cover lacrosse regularly. Duke garnered three spots on second team and two honorable mention nods.
Justin Guterding, Brad Smith and Cade Van Raaphorst all were picked for the second team, while Peter Conley and JT Giles-Harris landed among the honorable mention recipients. The five selections were tied for the most among all the teams represented.
The nation’s leading goal scorer, Guterding recently was named a Tewaaraton Award finalist. He leads the team with 58 goals and 41 assists for 99 points. He is one point shy of becoming the second Blue Devil in program history to record 100 points in a season. A three-time All-ACC pick, Guterding has recorded at least one point in all 72 games in his career and owns nine games this season along with five-plus points. He has steadily climbed both the Duke and NCAA record books this season. He currently is second in Duke history in career goals (204) and points (337) and is second in goals in NCAA history and sixth in points.
Smith, a midfielder, is having a spectacular season as the Blue Devils’ second leading scorer with 27 goals and 33 assists for 60 points. An All-ACC choice, Smith has at least one point in all 17 games this season and has at least four points in each of the past four outings. He is one of 21 midfielders in Division I lacrosse to have at least 20 goals this season. For his career, Smith has 56 goals and 57 assists for 113 points.
Van Raaphorst, Duke’s top close defender, has shut down opponents’ top scorers all season. He is a two-time USILA Team of the Week pick and recently garnered the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after keeping Notre Dame leading scorer Ryder Garnsey without a point in the regular season tilt against the Irish. Van Raaphorst, a two-year starter, is third on the team with 18 caused turnovers and leads close defenseman in ground balls with 36. He has at least one ground ball in 15 of 17 games and has at least one caused turnover in 12. For his career, Van Raaphorst has played 48 games with 33 starts and posted 84 ground balls and 38 caused turnovers.
Conley, the second piece to the dynamic duo on Duke’s first midfield, is fourth on the team in scoring with 25 goals and nine assists for 34 points. A transfer from Georgetown, Conley has been a strong addition to the Blue Devils, netting at least one goal in 12 games this season and a point in all but three outings. He registered a season-best six points from four goals and two assists to lead Duke past Loyola and had hat tricks against Denver, Towson and Virginia.
Giles-Harris, a key component of Duke’s outstanding close defense, is tied for the team lead in caused turnovers with 20. A starter in all but one game in his career, the sophomore has at least one ground ball in 12 games and forced at least one turnover in 13 games. He was a two-time ACC Defensive Player of the Week, registering two caused turnovers and two ground balls in Duke’s season-opening win over Air Force and forcing Loyola into three caused turnovers and holding the Greyhounds to just nine goals. Along with Raaphorst, Duke’s defense is allowing 8.41 goals per game to rank 10th nationally.
Duke, the No. 4 seed in the NCAA Tournament, will play No. 5 seed Johns Hopkins in the NCAA quarterfinal May 20 in Annapolis, Md. Faceoff is set for 2:30 p.m.