DURHAM, N.C.—Duke junior attackman Justin Guterding and sophomore Cade Van Raaphorst were voted the ACC Men's Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for the second time this season as announced by the league office Monday afternoon. It marks the fifth straight week a Blue Devil has garnered one of the weekly accolades.
Guterding and Van Raaphorst helped lead Duke to a convincing 18-8 victory over Boston University and solidify a spot for the Blue Devils in the NCAA Tournament field of 16. The win was the 12th for Duke in 2017, the 10the time in the past 11 seasons Duke has posted at least 11 wins.
The ACC's top scorer, Guterding finished the game against the Terriers with three goals and four assists for seven points. With Duke trailing 3-2 in the first quarter, the junior attackman keyed an 8-0 run for the Blue Devils, scoring two goals and handing out three assists to put Duke up 11-3. He provided what proved to be the game-winning assist. His seven points pushed his season total to 82, making him just the sixth Blue Devil player in history to record 80 points in a season. Guterding currently ranks tied for ninth on the single-season points list at Duke. The hat trick was his 10th of the season, while his seven points marked his eighth game with at least five points.
Van Raaphorst had a career day Sunday, anchoring the Duke defense to another stellar performance with two caused turnovers and a career-high seven ground balls. In addition to holding Boston University to just eight goals and a .235 shooting percentage, Van Raaphorst got in the mix on offense, scoring his first career goal to tie the game 3-3 and jumpstart Duke's 8-0 run. The All-ACC defenseman leads all Duke defensemen with 36 ground balls and 18 caused turnovers. He also has a goal and two assists on the year.
The sixth-ranked Blue Devils are 12-4 overall and will travel to play No. 6 seed Johns Hopkins in the NCAA first round. Faceoff is set for May 13 at 2:30 p.m., on ESPNU.