DURHAM, N.C.—A trio of senior Blue Devils recently were selected as 2017 United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Scholar All-Americans as announced by the organization Thursday. Jack Bruckner, Kyle Rowe and Thomas Zenker are the latest Duke players to earn the prestigious honor.
The three selections are tied for the second most by a Duke team behind the four recipients in 2014. Head coach John Danowski has had 21 Scholar All-Americans in his 11 seasons and at least one every year since 2007. Duke, Brown and Towson were the lone schools to have three players selected.
A Scholar All-American must be nominated by his coach and be a student with a senior year academic standing and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
Bruckner, a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll, paired with Justin Guterding to make Duke's attack unit one of the most dangerous in the country. The Belle Terre, N.Y., native was second on the team in scoring with 65 points from 47 goals and 18 assists. He finished his career with at least one point in 56 consecutive games and at least one goal in 16 straight games.
Ranked second in the ACC in goals per game (2.61) and fourth in points per game (3.61), Bruckner registered 10 hat tricks and five games with at least five points in 2017. He captured his first All-ACC honor after scoring a combined 21 points in the four ACC outings. Bruckner earned his first ACC Offensive Player of the Week honor following his combined five goals and two assists in wins over Loyola and Jacksonville. He added a second weekly award after he netted four goals in the 11-8 triumph over Notre Dame.
For his career, Bruckner played in 75 games with 59 starts and compiled 146 goals and 51 assists for 197 career points. He graduated ranked 15th at Duke in career points and eighth in career goals. He graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in sociology with a markets and management certificate.
An All-ACC Academic Team selection and three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member, Rowe was stellar at the faceoff X for Duke in 2017 in winning 214-of-367 draws for an ACC-best .583 win percentage. He also picked up 123 ground balls to lead the conference and rank ninth nationally with a 7.24 per game average. Rowe graduated in May with a degree in sociology.
Rowe captured All-America honorable mention honors after winning at least 50 percent of his draws in 12 of his 17 outings and picking up the ground ball in 68 percent of his faceoff victories that resulted in ground balls. The Vienna, Va., native was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after winning 17-of-24 draws in leading Duke to a 12-8 win over rival North Carolina.
For his career, Rowe played in 64 career games and is peppered throughout the NCAA records book. He is one of seven players in NCAA history to compile 800 faceoff victories, edging former Blue Devil great Brendan Fowler for sixth in NCAA history with 819. His 499 ground balls rank fourth in NCAA history.
In his three seasons at Duke, Rowe compiled 339 ground balls and 571 faceoff victories to finish behind Fowler in the Blue Devils records book. His 7.06 average during his three seasons at Duke is the best in Blue Devil history, while his 7.80 career average is 14th in NCAA history.
Zenker, one of Duke's top students during his four years, was crucial in Duke's success on the defensive end of the field in 2017. He had his best season in his senior campaign with 24 ground balls and seven caused turnovers. The 24 loose balls were a career-best, while the seven forced turnovers tied with his total from last season. He picked up at least one ground ball in 14 games and had multiple in six of those. He corralled a season-high four in the season opener against Air Force.
A maintstay in the defensive midfield throughout his career, Zenker played in 71 career games, picked up 73 ground balls and forced 24 turnovers.
Zenker earned Academic Honor Roll recognition all four years and was an All-ACC Academic Team selection in 2015. He graduated in May with a degree in sociology with a markets and management certificate.
Duke finished the 2017 season with a 13-5 overall record and advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals for the 15th time in program history.