DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University senior long stick midfielder CJ Costabile has been named as the recipient of the Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the nation's top midfielder. Costabile is Duke's third recipient of the honor and the first long pole to be selected for the prestigious accolade.
Costabile joins Jim Gonnella (1997) and Kevin Cassese (2002) as Blue Devils who have been recognized as the nation's top midfielder. Duke is now among five other programs to have at least three players garner the honor.
Costabile also recently was voted to the 2012 USILA All-America first team after being named to the third team in 2010 and 2011 and the honorable mention squad in 2009. The 2012 ACC-Co Defensive Player of the Year and two-time All-ACC choice, Costabile has helped anchor Duke's faceoff game and defense throughout his career. The New Fairfield, Conn., native recently helped guide Duke to its sixth straight NCAA semifinal with a career-high 15 ground balls and 14 faceoff victories in the17-6 win over Colgate. Costabile currently leads the ACC and ranks seventh nationally in ground balls with 7.16 per game and has 136 overall. His 368 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 Tewaaraton Award finalist, Costabile has picked up at least five ground balls in 16 of his 19 games this season 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. Overall for the year, he is 133-of-251 (.530) at the faceoff X. 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.
For his career, Costabile has played in 78 career games. He has scored 21 goals, including the game winner to capture the 2010 NCAA title, and 20 assists for 41 points and has won 354-of-666 (.532) faceoffs. He also has 65 caused turnovers. His 41 points are the most by any active long pole.
The Blue Devils continue NCAA Tournament play in the NCAA semifinals against Maryland on May 26. Third-seeded Duke and the Terrapins face off at 5 p.m., on ESPN2.