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Howell, Montelli Collect Scholar All-America Honors
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 05/31/2011
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DURHAM, N.C.-The awards continue to roll in for Duke University seniors Zach Howell and Tom Montelli as the duo was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) Scholar All-America team. They are the 21st and 22nd Blue Devils to earn the academic award from the USILA.

Howell, an attackman, was named to the USILA All-America third team after leading the Blue Devils with 43 goals and 59 points overall in 2011.  The Huntington, N.Y. native ranked second in the ACC in goals and third in points after registering at least one point in 19 of the 20 games this season and 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. He recently graduated from Duke with a bachelor's degree in history.

A defenseman, Montelli anchored the Blue Devil defense that posted a 9.10 goals against average. He was voted to the USILA All-America third team after leading the defensive effort with  26 caused turnovers. He led all close defensemen and was second on the team in ground balls with 52. Montelli registered a goal and an assist in Duke's NCAA first-round win over Delaware in 2011 and finished the year with three points from two goals and an assist. Making the move to the close defense this year after playing longstick midfield the previous three seasons, he registered at least one caused turnover 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. Montelli recently earned his bachelor's degree in history.

In 1989 the USILA Scholar All-America Program was established to recognize student-athletes from USILA member institutions who have distinguished themselves academically, athletically and as citizens of their communities. The USILA Selection Committee selects an overall team representing Division I, II and III. The Scholar All-Americas are recognized at the annual Lacrosse All-America Banquet.