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May 24, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Twenty-two ACC men's lacrosse student-athletes earned All-America honors, as announced by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA). Virginia's Steele Stanwick and Colin Briggs, Duke's Robert Rotanz and CJ Costabile, and North Carolina's R.G. Keenan were tabbed to the first team.
Earning second team accolades were Duke's Jordan Wolf and Michael Manley, Maryland's Jesse Bernhardt, North Carolina's Marcus Holman, and Virginia's Chris LaPierre and Matt Lovejoy. Justin Turri (Duke), Joe Cummings, John Haus, Goran Murray, and Niko Amato (Maryland), Jimmy Bitter and Ryan Creighton (North Carolina), and Chris Bocklet, Rob Emery, Scott McWilliams, and Rob Fortunato (Virginia) were honorable mention choices.
Stanwick, the 2012 ACC Offensive Player of the Year, earns his third All-America honor and second straight first team recognition. The reigning Tewaaraton Trophy winner leads the country in assists (3.19) and ranks second in points (5.0). The senior from Baltimore, Md., helped the Cavaliers make their fifth straight appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals in his final season in Charlottesville. Stanwick finished his career with 269 points, ranking No. 1 all-time at Virginia and tied for No. 18 in NCAA Division I history.
Costabile picks up his fourth All-America honor 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 helped guide Duke to its sixth straight NCAA semifinal with a career-high 15 ground balls and 14 faceoff victories in the 17-6 win over Colgate. The New Fairfield, Conn., native 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.
Rotanz, a 2012 All-ACC selection and honorable mention All-America choice in 2011, currently leads all Duke goal scorers with 38 goals and has 46 points overall. Against Colgate, he posted a career-high six points from five goals and an assist to lead Duke to its sixth consecutive NCAA semifinal appearance. The native of Westport, Conn., has recorded at least four goals in five games this season and has seven hat tricks on the year.
Keenan, a sophomore from Perry Hall, Md., was named to the first team at the face-off position. He continued his assault on the North Carolina record book for career face-offs and ground balls with another solid year in 2012. He won 205 of 340 face-offs, a winning percentage of .603. He led the Tar Heels in ground balls with 102 and scored three goals and had two assists. In two seasons, he has won 396 face-offs and scooped up 211 ground balls.
Briggs earns his second career All-America nod from the USILA after being a second team member last season. The Narragansett, R.I., native had 22 goals and 14 assists in 2012 after also earning All-ACC honors for the second straight season.
2012 USILA All-Americans
|CJ Costabile||Duke||LP Midfield|
|R.G. Keenan||North Carolina||Face-off|
|Marcus Holman||North Carolina||Attack|
|Jesse Bernhardt||Maryland||LP Midfield|
|Jimmy Bitter||North Carolina||Attack|
|Ryan Creighton||North Carolina||Midfield|