Duke men’s lacrosse earns preseason No. 1 in 2018 Face-Off Yearbook

Cheryl Treworgy, TSN via PrettySporty.com

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DURHAM, N.C.The Duke Blue Devils were selected as the 2018 preseason No. 1 team according to Inside Lacrosse’s Face-Off Yearbook Preseason Top 25 poll released on Wednesday.

Following a 13-5 finish to the 2017 season that included an NCAA quarterfinal appearance, the Blue Devils return an experienced and talented offensive group, and a defensive corps that will be backstopped by All-ACC and All-American fifth-year senior goalkeeper Danny Fowler and All-American long-stick Cade Van Raaphorst.

USILA All-America second team selection Justin Guterding will lead the Duke attack after finishing 2017 with 97 points (56 goals, 41 assists).

The senior attackman will have junior All-America midfielder Brad Smith (20 goals, 19 assists) supporting an offense that will include talented sophomores Joey Manown, Kevin Quigley, and Reilly Walsh, as well as a strong incoming freshman class.

Duke opens the season against Air Force at Koskinen Stadium on Feb. 3.

Inside Lacrosse Faceoff Yearbook 2018 Preseason Top 25

  1. Duke
  2. Albany
  3. Yale
  4. Maryland
  5. Denver
  6. Notre Dame
  7. Rutgers
  8. Ohio State
  9. Syracuse
  10. North Carolina
  11. Johns Hopkins
  12. Loyola
  13. Penn State
  14. Towson
  15. Marquette
  16. Virginia
  17. Army
  18. Brown
  19. Boston
  20. Richmond
  21. Villanova
  22. Navy
  23. Princeton
  24. Providence
  25. Bryant

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