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Duke MLAX: Class, Fowler Garner ACC Weekly Awards

DURHAM, N.C.—For the third time this season Duke has swept the ACC Men’s Lacrosse weekly awards with Deemer Class and Danny Fowler capturing the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively. This is the first award for Fowler and the second for Class in 2016.

The duo helped the Blue Devils clinch a spot in the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship with a 14-8 win at Virginia.

Class, a senior midfielder, recorded a game-high five goals to lead the 13th-ranked Blue Devils to the win at Virginia. The five goals pushed his season total to 41, the most by a Duke midfielder in single-season history and just the third Duke midfielder all-time to score 40 goals in a season. It was his eighth hat trick of the season. The Baltimore native currently has 125 goals to rank tied for 11th in Duke history. He is among a short list of 22 midfielders all-time in Division I collegiate lacrosse to record at least 40 goals in a season.

Fowler, backstopping the Duke defense, had arguably his best game of the season in Charlottesville Sunday. He made 13 saves on 21 goals for a .619 save percentage, his second best of the year. After making no saves in the first quarter, the Wantagh, N.Y., native made five in the second to send Duke into halftime even at 5-5.

In the second half, Fowler stopped eight shots, including six in the fourth quarter as Virginia managed to score just once in the final period. Fowler is averaging an ACC-best 9.5 saves per game this season and moved his save percentage to over .500 with his latest performance.

The Blue Devils close out their regular season home schedule Friday, April 22 against No. 19 Marquette. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m., on ESPN3.