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June 4, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke University senior attackman Ned Crotty was named the recipient of the 2010 Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top men's lacrosse player. Crotty collected the award at a banquet at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian on Thursday.
Crotty is the Atlantic Coast Conference’s fourth and Duke's second Tewaaraton Trophy winner after Matt Danowski collected the award in 2007. The other 2010 finalists included Ken Clausen (Virginia), Kevin Crowley (Stony Brook), Curtis Dickson (Delaware) and Joel White (Syracuse). Crotty, who also was a finalist in 2009, joins Danowski and Virginia’s Chris Rottelli (2003) and Matt Ward (2006) as the four all-time league Tewaaraton Trophy winners.
A three-time United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) All-America choice, including a two-time first team selection, Crotty recently helped lead the Blue Devils to the 2010 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship. In the NCAA Tournament, he totaled a team-high 18 points from six goals and 12 assists. He provided the game-winning assist in the NCAA Semifinal win over Virginia.
Crotty finished the 2010 season as the nation's leader in assists (3.15/gm) and fourth in points (4.3/gm). He amassed 63 assists, breaking the Duke single-season record of 56 previously held by Danowski. His 63 helpers also rank 10th in NCAA single season history. A native of New Vernon, N.J., Crotty led all Division I players with a career-best 86 points to rank sixth in Duke single-season history.
Crotty departs Duke as one of the most decorated players in the school’s lacrosse history. He captured first-team All-America recognition each of the past two seasons and was a second team pick in 2008. A two-time All-ACC selection, he was voted to the ACC All-Tournament team in 2009. During his time with the Blue Devils, the senior captain helped push Duke to a 71-15 record, three ACC Championships, four consecutive NCAA Semifinal appearances and ultimately the 2010 national title.
The Tewaaraton Award was formally established in August of 2000 and is the preeminent lacrosse award honoring the nation's top collegiate player for his extraordinary achievements on the field. All Tewaaraton nominees are screened and selected by a committee, which is comprised of collegiate coaches.
Honoring the Native American heritage, the Tewaaraton Trophy symbolizes lacrosse’s centuries-old roots in Native American history. Tradition dictates that each year the Tewaaraton Award celebrates one of the six tribal nations of the Iroquois Confederacy: the Mohawk, Cayuga, Oneida, Onondaga, Seneca, and the Tuscarora.
For additional information on the award or to purchase tickets please visit: www.tewaaratonaward.org.