DURHAM, N.C.—After standout performances in the win over 12th-ranked Loyola, Duke senior captains Jack Bruckner and Danny Fowler were named the ACC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week. Bruckner shares the honor with Virginia’s Zed Williams as both Blue Devils pick up their first weekly awards of the year.
Bruckner, Duke’s second leading scorer on the season, help spearhead Duke’s surge in the second and third quarters that led to the Blue Devils’ commanding 15‚Äź7 victory over 12th‚Äźranked Loyola Saturday. The Belle Terre, N.Y., native finished with four goals and an assist, scoring three of the four to help Duke pull ahead 11‚Äź4 after three periods. His first tally of the afternoon proved to be the game‚Äźwinner as he pushed his season total to 19 goals for the year. Following Monday’s win over Jacksonville, Bruckner has 20 goals and 10 assists for 30 points.
On the other end of the field, Fowler was outstanding between the pipes for the Blue Devils in the victory over the Greyhounds. Loyola, featuring a high-powered offense and the nation’s leader in points per game, was held to just six goals and only one assist with Fowler leading the outstanding defensive effort by the Blue Devils. He made 14 saves to keep the Greyhounds at bay as the Blue Devils outscored them 5‚Äź0 in the second quarter en route to the win. The seven goals were the fewest scored by Loyola this season, while Fowler’s 14 saves were a season high. For the year, Fowler sports an 8.46 goals against average, a .542 save percentage and a 5-2 overall record.
The Blue Devils moved up to No. 12 in the USILA Coaches poll on the strength of consecutive top 20 wins. Duke is now 6-2 overall and heads on a three-game road swing starting with Georgetown Saturday. Faceoff is noon in the nation’s capital.