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Duke Lands 5 on USILA All-America Teams
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/24/2018
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DURHAM, N.C.—For the first time since 2008, Duke landed three members on the prestigious USILA Men’s Lacrosse All-America First Team as announced by the association Thursday morning. Justin Guterding, Brad Smith and Cade Van Raaphorst each garnered first-team recognition, while JT Giles-Harris was a third-team pick and Peter Conley honorable mention.

Duke is the lone school to have three representatives on the first team and just one of three programs to have multiple picks. The Blue Devils also had three first-team choices in 2008 and a record four in 2007.

The first-team accolades are a first for Guterding, Smith and Van Raaphorst. Guterding was on the second team in 2017 and Smith and Van Raaphorst landed on the third team.

The NCAA Division I record holder for career goals with 207, Guterding paces the nation in scoring with a Duke single-season record 104 points. He most recently broke former Blue Devil Zack Greer’s record of 206 career tallies with a hat trick in the NCAA Quarterfinal win over Johns Hopkins. A Tewaaraton Finalist, Guterding has recorded 10 games this season with at least five points and has 11 hat tricks and seven games with at least three assists. The Garden City, N.Y., native garnered an impressive six ACC Offensive Player of the Week awards after leading the conference in goals, assists and points for the second consecutive season.

Averaging 3.39 goals per game and 2.39 assists per game, Guterding is one of two Division I players to rank in the top 10 in both categories. He has at least one point in all 73 of the games he has played and has steadily climbed the Duke and NCAA records book throughout 2018.  He currently owns the Duke and NCAA record in goals (207), is second at Duke and sixth in NCAA history in points (342). He needs eight goals to break the Duke single-season record of 68 and 12 points to pass Matt Danowski’s scoring record of 353.

Smith, a midfielder, is having a spectacular season as the Blue Devils’ second leading scorer with 28 goals and 33 assists for 61 points. His 61 points are eight more than he had in his previous two seasons combined. An All-ACC choice, Smith has at least one point in all 18 games this season and has four hat tricks. He has come on strong in the second half of the season and has tallied at least three points in seven of the past nine outings. He is one of 21 midfielders in Division I lacrosse to have at least 20 goals this season. For his career, Smith has 57 goals and 57 assists for 114 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 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 37. He has at least one ground ball in 16 of 18 games and has at least one caused turnover in 12. For his career, Van Raaphorst has played 50 games with 35 starts and posted 85 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 four 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 10th-ranked game in his career, the sophomore has at least one ground ball in 13 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 8.44 goals per game to rank 10th nationally.

The fourth-ranked Blue Devils will play No. 1 Maryland in the NCAA semifinal Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN2. The winner advances to the title game Monday at 1 p.m.