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Duke MLAX: Myles Jones Named ACC Offensive Player of the Year

Duke University senior midfielder Myles Jones has been named the 2016 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year the league office announced Tuesday afternoon. Jones is the second Blue Devil in three seasons to garner the accolade as voted by the five head coaches.

Jones joins Jordan Wolf as Blue Devils to win the Offensive Player of the Year award and is the seventh Blue Devil under John Danowski to win a major conference honor.

A two-time All-American and the 2015 L.T. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin Award winner as the nation’s top midfielder, Jones will graduate from Duke arguably as the best midfielder in program history. In 2016, Jones is second on the team in scoring with 32 goals and 33 assists for 65 points. The total is the second highest in his career, while the 33 assists rank ninth in Duke history and four behind his total in 2015.

In his 17 starts, Jones has scored five-plus points five times, owns three hat tricks and has put together five performances with at least three assists. The Huntington, N.Y., tallied 11 points (5g, 6a) in the loss to North Carolina to tie the single-game record for points.

Jones made history in 2016, becoming the first midfielder in NCAA Division I lacrosse history to record 100 goals and 100 assists in his career. He currently holds the Duke single-season and career records for a midfielder in points and assists and ranks second in goals. Overall, his 226 points rank seventh in Duke history, while his 101 assists are fifth and his 125 goals are 13th. Jones ranks seventh on the single-season list in assists (37) and 11th in points (77). He is one of three midfielders in program history to record 40 goals in a season.

One of 11 Blue Devils all-time to earn All-ACC honors three times in his career, Jones’ 226 points are the second most among midfielders in NCAA history, behind Gary Gait’s 253. He is one of four midfielders to reach the 200-point benchmark and currently ranks second among all players in career points. The 40 goals he scored in 2015 are 22nd among midfielders in NCAA history.

Duke, 10-7 overall, closes out its regular season Sunday, May 8 at Boston University. Faceoff is set for 1 p.m., on CBS Sports Network. The NCAA selection show will air on ESPNU Sunday evening at 9 p.m. The first round of the NCAA Tournament gets underway May 14-15.