DURHAM, N.C.—Duke men’s lacrosse senior attackman Justin Guterding has been named as one of five finalists for the 2018 Tewaaraton Award as announced by the Tewaaraton Foundation Thursday evening. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top men and women’s lacrosse players.
Guterding joins a group of eight Blue Devils to earn the distinction of a Tewaaraton Award finalist. Two Blue Devils have won the award – Matt Danowski (2007) and Ned Crotty (2010). The other four finalists are Ben Reeves of Yale, Maryland's Connor Kelly, Denver’s Trevor Baptiste and Loyola’s Pat Spencer.
The 2018 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, Guterding is having a potentially record-breaking season. The senior captain has 96 points from 56 goals and 40 assists and recently joined elite company by tallying his 200th career goal. He joins former Blue Devil and two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist Zack Greer as the only two Division I players to record 200 goals in his career. With 202 to his name, Guterding needs five to break Greer’s NCAA record of 206.
Guterding, a three-time All-ACC pick, also is eight points away from breaking Jordan Wolf’s single-season Duke record of 103. He needs four points to become the second Blue Devil to score 100 points in a season and only the 16th in NCAA history. He currently leads the league and nation in goals per game at 3.50, while his 6.00 points per game is best in the ACC and second nationally. He also is dishing out a conference-best 2.50 assists per game.
In 2018, the Garden City, N.Y., native has 10 hat tricks, nine five-point games and seven outings with at least three assists. He has scored nine-plus points four times this season and was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week an impressive six times. Guterding enters the NCAA Tournament on a 71-game point scoring streak and a 43-game goal scoring streak.
Overall for his career, Guterding has scored in every single game of his career and has 334 career points to rank second at Duke and sixth in NCAA Division I history. He is 20 points away from passing Matt Danowski’s Duke and ACC record 353 points.
Duke, 13-3 on the year, earned the No. 4 overall seed and will host Villanova in the NCAA Tournament First Round Saturday, May 12 at 2:15 p.m. The game will be televised live by ESPNU with Mike Corey and Don Zimmerman calling the action.