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Offensive Player of the Week Deemer Class scores seven goals in OT win over Syracuse
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke’s Deemer Class has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, while teammate Kyle Rowe is this week’s Defensive Player of the Week.
Senior attackman Class led all Duke scorers this past week with 10 goals and two assists for 12 points in a 1-1 week for the Blue Devils. In a midweek tilt with No. 20 Air Force, Class registered his sixth hat trick of the year with three goals as Duke fell in overtime to the Falcons.
In the Blue Devils’ ACC opener Saturday against No. 5 Syracuse, Class could not be stopped, scoring a career-high seven goals and finishing with nine points. With Duke trailing 14-10 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, Class had three goals, including the go-ahead goal, and an assist in a 5-0 run to give Duke its first lead of the game. His nine points were one shy of his of total 10 against the Orange in the 2014 regular season meeting.
Junior faceoff specialist Rowe won 64 percent of his faceoffs and picked up 26 ground balls in the 1-1 week. Against 20th-ranked Air Force, Rowe was outstanding. He won 16-of-21 restarts (.762) and picked up 13 ground balls in a tough 10-9 overtime loss to the Falcons.
Against fifth-ranked Syracuse and up against one of the premier faceoff specialists in the nation, Ben Williams, Rowe won 18-of-32 (.563) faceoffs, including 6-of-8 in the fourth quarter and overtime combined. He also picked up 13 ground balls as the Orange’s Williams won fewer than 50 percent for the first time this season. Rowe has won 67 percent of his faceoffs on the year and is picking up over 11 ground balls per game. This is Rowe’s third ACC Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season.