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Crotty Named ACC Male Athlete of the Year
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/05/2010
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke University men's lacrosse standout Ned Crotty continued to add to his collection of accolades as he was named the recipient of the Anthony J. McKevlin award as the top male ACC Athlete of the Year the ACSMA announced on Thursday, August 5. Crotty recently led the Blue Devils to the 2010 NCAA Championship and earned a national player of the year honor.

The Anthony J. McKevlin award, named in honor of the former sports editor of the Raleigh News & Observer, has been presented since the formation of the ACC in 1954. Crotty is the 12th Duke student-athlete to win the award and just the second men's lacrosse player overall to do so. In all, Duke has collected 14 McKevlin Awards, which is the most of any school in the ACC.

A two-time USILA All-America first team selection, Crotty captured the 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top men's lacrosse player after helping Duke capture its first NCAA lacrosse title. Crotty finished the 2010 season as the nation's leader in assists (3.15/gm) and fourth in points (4.3/gm). He amassed 63 assists, breaking the Duke single-season record of 56 previously held by Matt Danowski. His 63 helpers also rank 10th in NCAA single season history. A native of New Vernon, N.J., Crotty led all Division I players in 2010 with a career-best 86 points that rank sixth in Duke single-season history.

In 2009, Crotty was selected as the USILA Attackman of the Year as well as ACC Player of the Year after pacing the country in assists. For his career, he totaled 92 goals and 147 assists for 239 points. He ranks second all-time in Duke career history in assists and is fourth in overall points. Crotty also left his name in the NCAA records book, climbing to 18th in career assists.

Crotty departs Duke as one of the most decorated players in Duke lacrosse history. He captured first team All-America recognition each of the past two seasons and was a second team pick in 2008. A two-time All-ACC selection, he was voted to the ACC All-Tournament team in 2009. During his time with the Blue Devils, the senior captain helped push Duke to a 71-15 record, three ACC Championships, four consecutive NCAA Semifinal appearances and ultimately the 2010 national title.

After graduating from Duke, the awards continued to roll in for the Blue Devil attackman. He was selected first by the Chicago Machine in the Major League Lacrosse draft and was the youngest player on the US Lacrosse National Team that went on to win the 2010 FIL World Championship in Manchester, England.

With the United States, Crotty shined in the gold medal game against Canada. Trailing 10-9 in the fourth quarter, Crotty netted the game-tying goal with 8:50 left in the game. Less than three minutes later, Crotty scored what proved to be the game-winner on a phenomenal bounce shot as he fell to the ground. The ball flung off the turf and found a space under the crossbar and above the stick of Canadian goalie Chris Sanderson.

Crotty finished with nine goals and four assists in the World Championship tournament as the United States regained the crown as the world's top lacrosse team. In the professional ranks, the 2010 Duke graduate has eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points in just six games with the Chicago Machine.