Jan. 8, 2009

Courtesy of Duke

DURHAM, N.C.—Four members of the Duke University men’s lacrosse team were selected to the Preseason All-ACC team in vote of the league’s coaches for the 2009 Face-Off Yearbook. In the national front, the Blue Devils are tabbed seventh in the yearbook’s top 20 poll. The Blue Devils were picked to finish fourth in the ACC according to the coaches.
Max Quinzani, Ned Crotty, Mike Manley, Parker McKee each earned recognition from the conferences’ coaches as members of the preseason All-ACC squad. Virginia led the way with five players and was voted to take home the ACC title. Maryland and North Carolina came in at the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.

Duke comes in at No. 7 in the preseason poll with Virginia topping the rankings. Defending national champion Syracuse is second, with Maryland, Cornell and Johns Hopkins rounding out the top five respectively.
Duke finished 18-2 in 2008, capturing the ACC regular season and tournament titles. The Blue Devils advanced to the national semifinals for the second time in as many seasons and led the nation in scoring offense at 15.20 points per game.

A junior attackman, Quinzani earned preseason second-team All-America recognition by Face-Off Yearbook this season after finishing third on the team in scoring in 2008 with 61 goals and eight assists for 69 points. He garnered third-team USILA All-America honors as a sophomore and tallied at least one goal in all 19 games he played and had 17 games with at least two goals. The native of Duxbury, Mass., tallied a career-high six goals in the Blue Devils’ win over ACC rival North Carolina and had five goals and an assist in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal victory over Ohio State. In two seasons he has 85 goals and 12 assists for 97 points.

Crotty returns to anchor the Blue Devil midfield. The senior enters the 2009 season after tallying 17 goals and 18 assists for 35 points and capturing second-team All-American accolades. He started 19 games in the midfield, tallying at least one point in 14 games. Registering 10 multiple point contests, Crotty handed out four helpers in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal win against Ohio State and had two goals and two assists in the ACC Tournament Championship game versus Virginia.

McKee and Manley helped anchor the Blue Devil defense that allowed just 7.30 goals per game and ranked eighth in the nation. McKee started 19 games for Duke and picked up 72 ground balls as a sophomore. Voted to the ACC All-Tournament team, he corralled a combined 14 ground balls in the two tournament contests, including nine in the semifinal win over North Carolina. McKee tallied a goal in the regular season win over Johns Hopkins.

The ACC Rookie of the Year, Manley started 18 games for the Blue Devils in his freshman season. He scored his first career goal and assist in Duke’s win over Maryland and finished the year with 23 ground balls.

The Blue Devils kick off the season on Feb. 14, hosting Bucknell University at 12 p.m., at Koskinen Stadium.