Duke’s Jones voted USILA outstanding midfielder again

Chris Baird, Triangle Sports Network

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke Blue Devils midfielder Myles Jones earned the 2016 Lt. Donald MacLaughlin Jr. Award as announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) on Sunday.

A three-time All-American and two-time Tewaaraton Award finalist, Jones’ second straight honor as best midfielder in the nation followed up a season during which he finished second in team scoring with 70 points (33 goals, 37 assists).

In 18 starts, Jones posted five-plus points on five occasions, registered three hat tricks and put together five performances with at least three assists, and tallied 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in a 17-16 overtime loss to North Carolina to tie the Duke single-game record for points.

The Blue Devils finished the season with an 11-8 overall record, advanced to the ACC Championship game, and lost in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament to seventh-seeded Loyola.

Voted the 2016 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Offensive Player of the Year, Jones became the first midfielder in NCAA Division I lacrosse history to record 100 goals and 100 assists in his career.

He currently holds the Duke single-season and career records for a midfielder in points and assists and ranks second in goals.

As one of five midfielders to reach the 200-point plateau, Jones’ 231 career points are second most among midfielders in NCAA history behind Gary  Gait’s 253.