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April 21, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Three 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy nominees highlight this year’s All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team as announced Thursday by the league office.
Virginia junior attackman Steele Stanwick, who ranks fifth nationally with 1.91 assists per game and seventh with 4.0 points per game, was named the 2011 All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Year. The Baltimore, Md., native also ranks No. 30 nationally with 2.09 goals per game and has tallied two game-winning overtime goals this season (Stony Brook and North Carolina) to help lead the nation’s top scoring offense (13.0 goals per game). In addition, the two-time All-Conference selection was named the ACC Freshman of the Year in 2009.
Joining Stanwick on the league’s 2011 postseason team are Duke’s CJ Costabile and North Carolina’s Billy Bitter – all three of which were nominated for the nation’s highest lacrosse honor, the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is awarded annually to the top men’s lacrosse player in the country.
All four ACC programs were represented on this year’s well-balanced All-ACC team as Maryland, North Carolina and Virginia all collected three representatives on the squad, which is determined by a vote of the league’s four head coaches.
Earning the 2011 ACC Freshman of the Year honor is North Carolina rookie attackman Nicky Galasso. The newcomer from West Islip, N.Y., tallied an impressive season point tally to 51, breaking the school record for points in a single season by a freshman. The previous record was 45 set by John Webster in 1990. Galasso also has had 29 assists this year, the most by a Tar Heel player since Brendan Carey had 40 in 1996.
This year’s Coach of the Year honors went to Duke’s John Danowski, who holds a 295-162 overall career record in his 29 years of coaching and a 76-23 mark in his five years at the helm of the Blue Devils. Danowski led his 2011 squad to a 10-4 overall finish and flawless 3-0 mark in ACC play, earning the seventh-ranked Blue Devils the ACC regular season crown, the ninth overall in program history and fifth since 2005.
ACC Men’s Lacrosse action continues tomorrow (Friday, April 22) as part of the 2011 ACC Championship, which will be held April 22 and 24 at Duke’s Koskinen Stadium in Durham, N.C. For more information regarding ACC Men’s Lacrosse, including the upcoming Championship, please visit http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-mens-lacrosse-championship.html.
2011 All-ACC Honors
CJ Costabile*, Junior, Midfield, Duke
Jordan Wolf, Freshman, Attack, Duke
Brett Schmidt, Senior, Defense, Maryland
Niko Amato, Freshman, Goalkeeper, Maryland
Joe Cummings, Junior, Midfield, Maryland
Billy Bitter*, Senior, Attack, North Carolina
Nicky Galasso, Freshman, Attack, North Carolina
Ryan Flanagan, Senior, Defense, North Carolina
Steele Stanwick*, Junior, Attack, Virginia
Colin Briggs, Junior, Midfield, Virginia
Chris LaPierre, Sophomore, Midfield, Virginia
* 2011 Tewaaraton Trophy Candidates
Player of the Year: Steele Stanwick, Virginia
Freshman of the Year: Nicky Galasso, North Carolina
Coach of the Year: John Danowski, Duke