Crotty Earns ACC Honors After Upset
April 13, 2009
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke's Ned Crotty was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, April 12. Crotty tallied a career-high eight points to lead Duke to a 15-10 upset victory over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Virginia.
The senior from New Vernon, N.J., finished the day with two goals and a career-best six assists. Crotty provided the assist on the game-winning goal and handed out five assists in the second half. The six assists also marks a 2009 ACC single game-high, bettering his own mark of five against Bucknell on Feb. 14.
The win was the sixth consecutive for Duke over the Cavaliers, as no current Blue Devil has lost to Virginia during his career. Duke's last win over the nation's top-ranked squad came on May 26, 2007, when the Blue Devils prevailed over No. 1 Cornell in the NCAA Tournament Semifinals in Baltimore, Md. Duke last defeated a No. 1 team in Durham on April 21, 2002, edging the rival Cavaliers 14-13 for the ACC Tournament title.
Crotty leads the conference in points per game with 4.08 per outing. The veteran attackman is also tops in the league with 36 assists (3.0 per game). His two goals matches his single-game season-high as well.
Duke hosts Army in its final regular season home game on Saturday, April 18. The Blue Devils and Black Knights square off on CBS College Sports at 2:30 p.m. ET.