DURHAM, N.C.-Duke University senior CJ Costabile has been selected as one of 25 nominees for the 2012 Tewaaraton Award presented by Panama Jack. Costabile most recently was named the ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year after helping the Blue Devils to the regular season and ACC Tournament titles.
Costabile is one of five representatives from the ACC as all four schools landed at least one player on the list. Of the 25 men that were selected as nominees, five finalists will be named and honored on May 31, 2012, at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Costabile, a three-time All-America selection, anchored Duke's faceoff game and defense this season. The native of New Fairfield, Conn., leads the ACC and ranks ninth nationally in ground balls with 6.5 per game. He is 113-of-216 (.523) at the faceoff X in 2012 and ranks second on the team in caused turnovers with 17.
In 2012, he was named to the All-ACC team for the second consecutive season and became the fourth Blue Devil in program history to be named to the All-ACC Tournament Team three times in his career. Costabile was the first freshman in ACC history to earn the ACC Tournament Most Valuable Player award after helping guide Duke to the 2009 ACC title.
Costabile is equally as dangerous on offense, compiling five goals and three assists for eight points this season. He currently leads all current long poles in career points with 20 goals and 19 assists for 39 points. His 336 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.
Duke closes out the regular season this weekend with a road trip to Denver, Colo. The Blue Devils will battle No. 16 Denver in the Whitman's Sampler Mile High Classic at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Faceoff is set for 10 p.m. (ET) on ESPNU.
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