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Van Raaphorst, Welch Named Scholar All-Americans
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/27/2019
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DURHAM, N.C.—The United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association has announced its USILA/Warrior and New Balance Division I Scholar All-Americans and a pair of Blue Devils are among the 71 honorees. The defensive duo of Cade Van Raaphorst and Peter Welch are the latest Blue Devils to earn recognition for their excellence on the field and in the classroom.

Duke and North Carolina are the only two ACC programs to have multiple players picked for the squad. It marks the 13th time the Blue Devils have landed multiple players on the list.

Van Raaphorst, a first team All-America choice for the second consecutive season, helped anchor one of the country’s fiercest defenses. The senior led all non-faceoff specialists with 63 ground balls and ranked second on the team with 24 caused turnovers as Duke finished the season ranked seventh in scoring defense at 9.61 goals per game. In addition to his Scholar All-America recognition, Van Raaphorst is a three-time ACC Academic Honor Roll selection and most recently earned his second All-ACC Academic Team nod. For his career, he played in 70 games with 55 starts and collected 154 ground balls and 67 caused turnovers.  

Welch, a longstick midfielder, also was a key piece to Duke’s success on the defensive end in 2019. Instrumental on the faceoff wings as well, Welch collected 33 ground balls and forced 13 turnovers. He also added two goals and an assist from his defensive role. After earning his undergraduate degree from Duke in 2018, Welch most recently graduated with his master’s degree from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business. He was named to the All-ACC Academic Team in 2019 and was a four-time ACC Academic Honor Roll pick. Welch played in 67 career games after battling injuries early in his career. He finished with 108 ground balls, 47 caused turnovers, five goals and six assists.

The Blue Devils went 13-5 overall in 2019, advancing to the NCAA semifinals before falling to eventual national champion Virginia.