DURHAM, N.C.—The Blue Devils swept the opening week of the ACC Men’s Lacrosse weekly awards as Duke senior Justin Guterding and sophomore JT Giles-Harris were named the ACC Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, after Duke cruised past Air Force 18-4. Giles-Harris garners his first award, while Guterding notches his third weekly conference honor.
In addition to his ACC award, Guterding also was named to the USILA Team of the Week. Each week the USILA will announce its Team of the Week, honoring 10 players – a mixture of offensive, defensive and faceoff specialists from Division I lacrosse – whose performances stood out during the week.
The No. 2 Blue Devils opened the 2018 season with a dominant offensive and defensive performance in an 18-4 win over No. 17 Air Force Saturday.
Guterding was the offensive leader in a big way with 10 points from three goals and seven assists. His seven assists were a career high, while his 10 points matched his previous career-best outing. Both the assists and points totals were one shy of matching the Duke single-game records. The Garden City, N.Y., native had a hand in Duke’s first four goals and in five of the eight in the first half. He tacked on two more goals and three assists in the second half and did not play in the final 10 minutes of the game. Guterding is now one assist shy of becoming the sixth Duke player to register 100 career goals and 100 career assists in his career.
Giles-Harris, a close defenseman, helped anchor a defense that allowed just four goals in the win over Air Force. Giles-Harris collected two ground balls and two caused turnovers as he and the Duke defense held the Falcons to just 26 shots for the game and only 11 in the first half. Duke kept Air Force off the scoreboard in the first and third quarters and held the Falcons without a goal for the first 16:17 and then scoreless for another 19:22 from the end of the second quarter to early in the fourth quarter. The four goals allowed were the fewest by a Duke team in a season opener since a 16-4 victory over Bucknell in 2008.
Duke returns to action this week with a pair of contests. The Blue Devils welcome High Point to Koskinen Stadium Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., and Jacksonville two days later, Feb. 10 at 1 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ACC Network Extra.