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2019 Notes, Offseason Offerings and the PLL
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Release: 07/30/2019
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2019 Highlights

  • Duke finished 2019 with a 13-5 overall record and advanced to its 12th NCAA Championship Weekend. The Blue Devils amassed at least 10 wins for the 13th straight season.
  • Head coach John Danowski became the first Division I head coach to reach 400 career wins when the Blue Devils defeated Furman 17-9 in the season opener. He currently owns 412 victories, leading Denver’s Bill Tierney by eight victories.
  • The Blue Devils were led on offense by sophomore Joe Robertson’s 59 points from 42 goals and 17 assists. Brad Smith had 57 points off of 29 goals and 28 assists.
  • Duke’s defensive duo of Cade Van Raaphorst and JT Giles-Harris were named first team All-Americans, marking the ninth time the Blue Devils have landed multiple players on the first team and the first time two close defensemen garnered the distinction at the same time. Giles-Harris also was voted the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the third Blue Devil to earn the accolade.


2019 By the Numbers

29 – Consecutive games Joe Robertson has scored a point as he enters his junior campaign

3 – Duke’s final ranking in the USILA poll, tied with Yale

175 – Career points for Brad Smith, ranking 22nd in Duke history

119 – Points scored by Joe Robertson in his first two seasons, ranking

154 – Career ground balls picked up by defenseman Cade Van Raaphorst in his four seasons

9.61 – Duke’s scoring defense, ranking seventh and one of nine programs to allow fewer than 10 goals per game

28 – Points by CJ Carpenter in 2019, 23 more than his five in the previous two seasons combined

10 – Total number of goals that decided Duke’s five losses in 2019, with four of the five coming by two or fewer

25 – Points scored by Jake Seau in his final season, 14 more than his first four seasons

5 – All-Americans in 2019 - JT Giles-Harris, Cade Van Raaphorst, Brad Smith, Nakeie Montgomery and John Prendergast


Danowski First to 400

  • Head coach John Danowski created a club of his own in the season opener as he became the first Division I men’s lacrosse head coach to capture 400 career wins. He is among four across all three divisions to reach the mark after Denver’s Bill Tierney joined the club March 30.
  • He etched his name at the top of the Division I men’s lacrosse wins list in 2017, beating Jacksonville for his 376th career victory. Dom Starsia held the previous record of 375.
  • The Blue Devils’ leader has 193 wins at Duke, 192 at Hofstra and 27 in his first stop at LIU Post.
  • Danowski, a winner of three NCAA titles, is one of four active coaches to own multiple NCAA titles. He is third among the group with three, while Bill Tierney of Denver leads the way with seven.


Smith Departs as a Top Scorer

  • Three-time All-American Brad Smith graduated from Duke as a top scorer. Playing midfield for much of his career, he amassed 87 goals and 88 assists for 175 points to rank 22nd in Duke history in points.
  • Smith’s 88 assists are 12th all-time at Duke, while his 28 helpers in 2019 are tied for 16th on the single-season chart. He is easily among the top 10 midfield scorers in Duke history. 


Giles-Harris Top Takeaway Blue Devil

  • JT Giles-Harris was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in a vote of the league’s five coaches. He is the third Blue Devil to win the award since it began in 2012 and the first close defenseman. Previous recipients from Duke were long stick midfielder CJ Costabile (2012) and faceoff specialist Brendan Fowler (2013).
  • Giles-Harris leads Duke in caused turnovers and ranks third in ground balls. His 26 caused turnovers are fifth in Duke single-season history.


Blue Devil Single-Season Caused Turnovers Leaders

Name                           Year           CT

Luke Duprey             2013           37

Parker McKee          2010           32

Tom Montelli           2011           28

Michael Manley      2012           27

JT Giles-Harris          2019           26


C ‘Just In Time’ Carpenter

  • Senior attackman CJ Carpenter came through with clutch plays in the second half of the season. After scoring nine points in his first nine games of the year, Carpenter had 19 in his final six.
  • With the return of Brad Smith to the midfield opened a spot on attack and Carpenter has taken advantage of the opportunity, scoring 15 goals in the six games.


Van Raaphorst with the Scoop

  • Senior close defenseman Cade Van Raaphorst was excellent on the ground in 2019. The Phoenix native had 63 ground balls in 2019, 20 more than he had in 20 games in 2018 and marked his third straight season with at least 40 ground balls. He had more ground balls than any other non-faceoff specialist on Duke’s roster, while the 3.50 per game average ranked eighth in the ACC.


Seau Saved the Best for Last

  • Jake Seau saved his best season for last, compiling 23 points in his 18 games. He tallied his first career hat trick in the win over Penn and had multiple goals in three games. Prior to this season he had never scored more than one goal in a game. His 23 points this season are more than twice as many as he had in his first 35 games combined.


Year          GP-GS             G             A          Pts

2015             13-0              3              2              5               

2016                5-0              1              0              1               

2017                4-0              0              0              0               

2018             13-2              4              1              5               

2019           18-11           15              8           23

TOTAL       52-13           23           11           34



Future Blue Devils in Red, White and Blue

  • Incoming Blue Devils Jake Caputo and Connor Drake recently were among the 32 players selected for the 2020 U.S. Men’s Lacrosse U19 Training Team. Duke is one of five schools to have multiple incoming freshmen chosen for the team. The 32-man team will come together again in November at a camp at Ohio State for its final event in 2019. There will be additional training camps in 2020 leading up to the championship tournament July 9-18 in Limerick, Ireland.

Taking Care of Business in the Classroom

  • The Blue Devils’ success on the field was matched by their work in the classroom this past season. The squad finished with a 3.35 team GPA this past spring and placed seniors Cade Van Raaphorst and Peter Welch on the USILA Scholar All-America squad.
  • Six Blue Devils – Sean Lowrie, Joe Robertson, Jake Seau, Reilly Walsh, Van Raaphorst and Welch – garnered All-Academic Team recognition. It was the second consecutive honor for Lowrie, Robertson and Van Raaphorst.
  • Overall, 40 of Duke’s players earned a GPA of at least 3.0 this past spring and 18 Blue Devils had at least a 3.5. Nine Blue Devils graduated with their bachelor degrees and four earned master’s degrees from the Fuqua School of Business. The seniors’ GPA was 3.37 overall in the spring.


Blue Devils Excelling in the PLL

  • It’s been an exciting first season for the Premier Lacrosse League and a large collection of Blue Devils. Fifteen different former players have suited up in the league, the second most of any program behind Maryland’s 22. Four Blue Devils – Ned Crotty, Justin Guterding, Myles Jones and Jordan Wolf – were represented at the All-Star Game with Guterding wowing the fans with his creativity and skill as the winner of the freestyle competition.
  • Justin Guterding has picked up right where he left off as a Blue Devil, sitting in a tie for second in points (26) and third in assists (11). His 15 are tied with Will Manny for fifth in the league. Jordan Wolf’s 10 helpers is fourth in the league. For the Chaos, Deemer Class and Jones have 12 and 11 points, respectively, as Chaos sit in a tie for first with a 5-2 overall record.
  • There were 11 Blue Devils on Week 7 rosters, across four different teams – Chrome, Atlas, Chaos and Archers.
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