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Costabile Named ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/27/2012
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DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University senior CJ Costabile was named the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Scholar-Athlete of the Year, announced Wednesday by the ACC office. The Blue Devils led all schools with 14 selections on the 25-person All-Academic team.

Duke's 14 student-athletes represented are three more than the other three ACC programs combined. The Blue Devils have placed 12-plus student-athletes on the team in each of the previous five seasons and had a program-best 15 choices in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

Duke has 10 repeat honorees to the All-ACC Academic squad, including Justin Turri who earned his fourth All-ACC Academic award. Costabile, Robert Rotanz and Stephen Coyle picked up their third honors, while Ben Belmont, Josh Offit, Jimmy O'Neill, Christian Walsh, Dan Wigrizer and Jordan Wolf all were voted to the team for the second time. Bill Conners, Will Haus, Tommy Patterson and Tanner Scott all were recognized for the first time of their careers. Costabile, Rotanz and Wolf were three of the four All-ACC squad members to also earn a spot on the All-ACC Academic Team in 2012.  

A four-time All-America choice, Costabile collected a bevy of honors in 2012. The New Fairfield, Conn., native was an All-America first team pick and was awarded the Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the nation's top midfielder. He was selected to the All-America third team in 2010 and 2011 and was an honorable mention choice in 2009.

Costabile, the 2012 ACC-Co Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-ACC choice, has helped anchor Duke's faceoff game and defense throughout his career. He helped guide Duke to its sixth straight NCAA semifinal in 2012 with a career-high 15 ground balls and 14 faceoff victories in the 17-6 win over Colgate. Overall, Costabile led the ACC and ranked seventh nationally in ground balls with 7.2 per game and finished the season with 144 overall. His 376 career ground balls are the most in Duke history as he surpassed goaltender Joe Kirmser's 327 ground balls in the ACC semifinal win over Maryland.

A USILA Scholar All-American and Capital One Academic All-America choice, Costabile picked up at least five ground balls in 17 of his 20 games in 2012 and has nine-plus pickups in six contests. He has had equal success at the X in 2012, winning at least 50 percent of his draws 11 times. He finished the 2012 campaign winning 143-of-272 (.526) draws. Defensively Costabile has been outstanding as well, ranking second on the team with 19 caused turnovers, including a season-best three in Duke's come-from-behind win over Marist.

Equally as dangerous on the offensive end, Costabile finished his career with an impressive 22 goals and 20 assists for 42 points, including the overtime game-winner in the 2010 NCAA Championship game.

To be eligible for All-ACC Academic Team consideration, a student-athlete must have earned a 3.00 grade point average for the previous semester and maintained a 3.00 cumulative average during his academic career.

The ACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award was established in September 2007 to be awarded annually to the top junior or senior student-athlete in their respective sports. Candidates for the award must have maintained a 3.0 grade point average for their career as well as a 3.0 for each of the last two semesters.

Duke finished the season with a 15-5 overall record and advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the sixth consecutive season. The Blue Devils captured the ACC regular season and ACC Tournament crowns for the fourth time since 2007.