Duke Lacrosse NCAA Preview

The Duke Blue Devils graduated four seniors to the MLL after their 2012 season but were able to bring in Inside Lacrosse’s #1 overall recruit. Last season, the Blue Devils finished with a 15-5 record and won the ACC Championship for the 7th time but fell short in the NCAA Semifinals to the Maryland Terrapins. The Blue Devils return their starting goalie, Dan Wigrizer, and their entire starting attack unit.

Inside Lacrosse ranked Duke’s incoming freshman class as the third best in the country. They signed Case Matheis, the top overall recruit in the country. They also brought in Deemer Class, the 10th highest recruit in the country. Defenseman Jamie Ikeda and goalie Luke Aaron round out Duke’s top 100 signees for the class. The ACC holds each of the top three spots with North Carolina and Virginia coming ranked at No. 1 and No. 2.

Returning attackman Jordan Wolf led the Blue Devils in points last year with 65. Fellow returning attackmen Christian Walsh and Josh Dionne finished third and fourth on the team in points respectively. Three different goalies played for Duke throughout the season; Dan Wigrizer, Mike Rock, Kyle Turri and Christopher Shannon each saw time in the goal for the Blue Devils. Wigrizer ended the season with a .516 save percentage which was third to Mike Rock’s .538 (11 games played) and Shannon’s .600 (2 games played.)

Duke is looking to have another good season, following a trip to the NCAA semifinals last season and a loss to Maryland. With the third overall recruiting class, Duke would love to get help from their highly ranked incoming freshmen to refill the gaps left by graduates. Fall workouts have started for NCAA teams, and the whole country can’t wait for fall ball to hit full swing.