From Staff Reports
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
- Notre Dame
- Ohio State
- North Carolina
- Johns Hopkins
- Penn State
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