DURHAM, N.C. - Blue Devils Michael Manley and CJ Costabile were both selected by the Philadelphia Wings as the 32nd and 39th picks respectively in the 2012 National Lacrosse League (NLL) draft held on Tuesday. With the addition of Manley and Costabile, the Blue Devils have had 15 players drafted into the NLL since 1999. In being drafted by Philadelphia, Manley and Costabile will join former Blue Devils Ned Crotty (2010), Ryan McFadyen (2009) and Taylor Wray (2001).
A native of Keuka Park, N.Y., Michael Manley was a two-time USILA All-America pick, earning second team honors in 2011 and third team recognition in 2009. During his career at Duke, Manley played in 75 games starting 74 of those at close defense and was named the 2007 ACC Freshman of the Year.
CJ Costabile, a native of New Fairfield, Conn., was a 2012 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award winner and 2012 Tewaaraton Trophy finalist, and the 2012 Lt. j.g. Donald MacLaughlin Jr. Award as the nation's top midfielder. The longstick midfielder was a four-time USILA All-America selection (HM in 2009, third team in 2010 and 2011, first team in 2012), and two-time All-ACC choice. The 2012 ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and ACC Scholar Athlete of the Year, Costabile finished his career as Duke's all-time leader in ground balls (376).
The Wings finished the 2012 season with a 7-9 record overall, earning third-place in the Eastern Conference. Philadelphia gave up the most goals in the league last season (207), and will benefit greatly from the addition of Manley and Costabile in the defensive end. The Wings kick off the 2013 season Jan. 11 as they play host to the Buffalo Bandits.
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