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Costabile Named to Academic All-America Squad
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 06/07/2012
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DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University senior CJ Costabile has been voted to the Capital One Academic All-America Men's At-Large Third Team. Costabile, a longstick midfielder for the Blue Devils, is the third Duke men's lacrosse player to earn the honor in program history.

The Capital One Academic All-America® Men's At-Large program includes the sports of fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming and diving, tennis, water polo and wrestling.

Costabile is one of three men's lacrosse players represented among the three teams and the only one from the ACC selected. He joins former Blue Devils Max Quinzani, a three-time selection, and Ed Douglas as recipients of the Academic All-America honor.

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 as well, 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.

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.