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Seven Duke lacrosse players earn All-America honors

As Duke prepares to face Cornell Saturday in its seventh consecutive championship weekend appearance, the team raked in the accolades when the United States Intercollegiate Athletic Association announced its All-America honorees.

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Headlining the group of seven for the Blue Devils are junior Brendan Fowler and senior David Lawson. Fowler, the team's faceoff specialist, ranks third in the country by winning 64.9 percent of his faceoffs and second in the nation by picking up 9.63 ground balls per game. Lawson, a senior, is having a career year as a midfielder for the Blue Devils, scoring 32 goals and adding 15 assists, including a career-high five-goal performance last week against Notre Dame in the NCAA quarterfinals to propel Duke to victory.

Junior Jordan Wolf earned second-team All-America honors. He is the lone Blue Devil to be named a repeat All-American, after earning second-team honors last year as well. The attack is Duke's leading scorer with 49 goals and 25 assists on the season. He is the first player in Blue Devil history to receive All-ACC honors in each of his first three seasons.

Duke also had four players named to the third team, including junior attack Josh Dionne, sophomore midfielder Will Haus and senior midfielders Josh Offit and Jake Tripucka. Offit has racked up 41 points on the season with 25 goals and 16 assists. Haus is a stalwart as the team's defensive midfielder and has scooped up 48 ground balls and caused seven turnovers on the season. He also has improved offensively during his sophomore campaign, scoring seven goals and adding five assists. Dionne is second on the team to Wolf with 40 goals on the season. Tripucka has registered a point in all but one game this season, notching 18 goals and 22 assists.

The Blue Devils will return to action Saturday against Cornell in the NCAA semifinal at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Opening faceoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.


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