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Blue Devils Land 6 on USILA All-America Squads
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/26/2011
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DURHAM, N.C.-Six members of the Duke University men's lacrosse team were selected to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America squads as announced by the USILA on May 26. Senior midfielder Justin Turri headlined the Blue Devil selections on the second team, while three earned second team recognition and two landed on the honorable mention list.

Representing Duke on the third team are seniors Zach Howell and Tom Montelli and junior CJ Costabile. Freshman Jordan Wolf and junior Robert Rotanz were voted honorable mention. Duke's six selections match the most by the Blue Devils in a season.  This is the first All-America honor for five of the six Blue Devils.

Turri earns his first All-America award after tallying 14 goals and 10 assists during the year. He currently ranks sixth on the team in scoring and recently tallied two goals to lead the Blue Devils to a 7-5 win over Notre Dame in the NCAA Quarterfinal. A native of West Islip, N.Y., he had at least one point in 14 games and had eight multiple point outings. For his career he has started 48 of the 53 games in which he has played, totaling 51 goals and 38 assists for 89 points.

Howell, an attackman, also picks up his first career All-America award after leading the Blue Devils in scoring in 2011. The Huntington, N.Y. native has 42 goals and 16 assists and 58 points to rank third in the ACC. He has at least one point in 18 games this season and has registered three-plus points in 10 outings. He compiled a career-high nine points from seven goals and two assists in the 2011 season opener against Siena and had four goals and an assist against Delaware in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. He currently ranks seventh on the Duke career list in goals with 133 and is 11th in career points with 191. In NCAA Tournament play, Howell is fourth and fifth in the Duke records book in career goals (22) and points (30), respectively.

A defenseman, Montelli anchors the Blue Devil defense that sports a 9.10 goals against average. He leads the team with 26 caused turnovers and is second in ground balls with 52. He registered a goal and an assist in Duke's NCAA first-round win over Delaware. Making the move to the close defense this year after playing longstick midfield the previous three seasons, he registered caused turnovers in 12 games and had multiple forced turnovers in eight of those. He picked up a career-high four caused turnovers in the win over Brown and had three against Virginia in the ACC semifinals. He has corralled at least three ground balls in 10 contests and registered a career-best six against the Cavaliers to go with his four caused turnovers. For his career, Montelli has played in 68 games, registering eight goals and an assist and 119 ground balls.

Duke's faceoff leader, Costabile sports a .524 win percentage (97-of-185) at the X and leads all Blue Devils with 94 ground balls. An All-ACC selection in 2011 and an All-America honorable mention choice, the Fairfield, Conn. has helped anchor Duke's defense and chipped in four goals and five assists for nine points. He leads the team with 10 games with at least five ground balls and won 10 or more faceoffs twice. Costabile picked up 10 faceoff victories and a career-high 11 ground balls in the regular season win over Maryland. For his career, Costabile has played in 59 games with 15 goals and 16 assists for 31 points and 231 ground balls. At the X, he has won 221-of-414 restarts in his three seasons.

Wolf and Rotanz rounded out Duke's choices on the honorable mention team. Wolf, an All-ACC selection, is second on the team in scoring with 51 points from 31 goals and 20 assists. He has at least one point in 15 games and has registered multiple points in 12 of those outings. He tallied a career-high seven points (4g, 3a) in the win over Georgetown and netted the game-winning goal in overtime against Maryland in the regular season. His goals total ranks seventh in the ACC, while his 51 points are sixth.

Rotanz helps to lead Duke's midfield. He owns 23 goals and 27 points overall on the year and has come on strong of late with five goals in the previous four games. He registered a career-high four scores in the loss to Denver and has netted multiple point efforts in seven contests this season. For his career he has played in 56 games and scored 38 goals and nine assists for 47 points.

The Blue Devils continue their run in the NCAA Tournament, taking on No. 8 Maryland in the NCAA Semifinal on May 28 at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2.