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Danowski, Greer Denied Tewaraaton Trophy

Duke seniors Matt Danowski and Zack Greer were two of the five finalists for the Tewaraaton Trophy, college lacrosse’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Danowski, the 2007 winner, is the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer, and Greer is the NCAA’s all-time leading goal scorer. Neither of them won.

Instead, Syracuse’s Mike Leveille took home the award.

Leveille led the national champions with 49 goals and 34 assists on the season, finishing with 83 points. Danowski posted 38 goals and 53 assists (91 points) and Greer had an NCAA-high 58 goals and 22 assists (80 points). As The Daily Orange writes,

“Certainly Leveille’s torrid performance in the NCAA tournament might have had something to do with him earning the award.”

Leveille was picked third overall in the MLL Draft Wednesday, one slot behind Danowski.

–by Ben Cohen

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LIVE BLOG: MLL Draft 2008

10:58 p.m., Draft Concludes: And that’s all she wrote from Hoboken tonight. Loftus goes undrafted, and we’ll keep you updated with his plans for next year. Overall, four Duke players drafted, all in the first 27 picks. National champion Syracuse led the way with five players.

10:05 p.m., Ward Goes To Denver: Midfielder Michael Ward, another fifth-year guy, was just picked by Denver in the 27th slot. A mea culpa on our part: when we talked to an MLL official after the draft declaration deadline yesterday, he told us only four Duke players had filed the necessary paperwork. Ward wasn’t on that list. So, now, Loftus is the only Blue Devil remaining. Let’s hope we don’t have to say it a third time.

9:51 p.m., O’Hara Headed Upstate: Defenseman Nick O’Hara broke the stream of Blue Devils to the Garden State, as he was picked 22nd by Rochester. O’Hara was probably Duke’s best defenseman and almost certainly its best offensive defenseman. Now, goalie Dan Loftus is the only draft-eligible player still waiting to hear his name called.

9:25 p.m., McDevitt Joins Danowski: Defenseman Tony McDevitt was just picked No. 12 by New Jersey, the same squad that selected Danowski earlier in the draft. McDevitt just finished his first year at the Fuqua School of Business. The Pride is making some intriguing addition to its roster, as it had four of the 10 first-round selections. If you’re interested in more complete coverage of the draft, also check out Inside Lacrosse’s live blog.

9:00 p.m., Danowski Selected No. 2: Blue Devil attackman Matt Danowski was the second pick in the 2008 Major League Lacrosse Draft Wednesday night in Hoboken, N.J. Danowski, the NCAA’s all-time leading scorer, was picked the New Jersey Pride, who also added Syracuse’s Mike Leveille with the third pick. Johns Hopkins’ Paul Rabil was the first pick, even though Danowski was projected No. 1 overall by Inside Lacrosse last week.

—by Ben Cohen

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Seniors Opt Not To Enter MLL Draft

None of the 11 Duke seniors with a potential fifth year of eligibility declared for the Major League Lacrosse Draft, an MLL official confirmed to The Chronicle Tuesday morning. The deadline to declare was Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The most intriguing of these players is Zack Greer, already the NCAA’s all-time leading goal scorer with the option of returning for another season. The fact that he did not declare for the draft likely means he is either staying at Duke for graduate school, or transferring to another program to play his fifth year. A Duke athletics official had no knowledge of Greer’s situation Tuesday.

Every senior, including Greer and starting midfielder Brad Ross, earned his undergraduate degree May 11, making graduate school the only form of possible Duke education.

Last year, five players returned for an extra season and led Duke to an 18-2 season that ended Saturday in the national semifinals. Some criticized the players for using the NCAA-sanctioned year, and head coach John Danowski went so far as to call them “vilified” Saturday. Four of the players will receive their Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies, while one enrolled in the Fuqua School of Business.

Not surprisingly, fifth-year seniors Matt Danowski, Nick O’Hara, Dan Loftus and Tony McDevitt all filed the necessary paperwork to become eligible for the draft, which takes place Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in Hoboken, N.J.

–by Ben Cohen


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What Went Wrong?

It’s the morning after Duke’s shocking 10-9 loss to Johns Hopkins in the national semifinal, a defeat that the ESPN analysts were fond of calling one of the biggest upsets in lacrosse history. And, on paper, it certainly was–this was a Blue Devil squad that absolutely dismantled Hopkins 17-6 back on April 5. So what went wrong Saturday?

We’ll take a more in-depth look into it in the coming days–including a game story and analysis later today–but to start out week of coverage, here’s a look back at Matthew Iles’ blog post from Wednesday, when he wrote that the players knew this wasn’t the same Blue Jay team and explained Duke’s reason for success last time against Hopkins:

“John Danowski inverted his offense, placing Crotty, who usually initiates from in front of the net, behind the cage. With Danowski and Greer on the wings and their defenders reluctant to slide from them, it became like an isolation play for Crotty. A strong dodger from anywhere on the field, Crotty is particularly dangerous from behind the cage, able to beat his man, turn the corner and fling the ball past opposing goalies with incredible skill. It was no different against Johns Hopkins, as Crotty scored three unassisted goals in this manner before the first half was over. Thanks to Crotty’s success, the Blue Jays were forced to slide from Danowski and Greer more, which helped them register seven points each.”

On Saturday, Crotty didn’t score and, perhaps as a result, Danowski and Greer combined for just three goals, and Danowski’s two strikes came in the game’s closing minutes. The two stars’ performance was eerily similar to their games in last year’s national championship, when the usually prolific scorers were held to one combined goal.

After Duke’s win over Hopkins in April, Iles wrote about Duke’s vulnerability to playing six-on-six sets, a story that looks remarkably prescient now.

So now, one lingering question remains: who will be back next year? A group of seniors needs to decide whether to enroll in graduate school at Duke, as they all graduated two weeks ago. The two most critical Blue Devils with a looming decision are Greer, already the NCAA’s all-time leading goal scorer, and midfielder Brad Ross, who scored Saturday. The MLL Draft deadline is Tuesday at 9 a.m., and we’ll keep you updated with their decisions.

Be sure to keep checking the blog for progress on that, and more insight into Duke’s Final Four loss.

–by Ben Cohen

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Will Duke Seniors Declare For MLL Draft?

This is what Zack Greer’s schedule could look like by the end of the weekend:

  • If No. 1 Duke beats No. 5 Johns Hopkins in the NCAA tournament semifinal Saturday, the Blue Devils will play the winner of No. 2 Virginia and No. 3 Syracuse Monday in Foxborough, Mass.
  • The deadline to declare for the Major League Lacrosse Draft is 9 a.m. on Tuesday.
  • The MLL Draft in Hoboken, N.J. is slated for Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

Greer is one of 12 Duke seniors that will have to decide whether they will use the fifth year of eligibility (at Due or elsewhere) granted to them by the NCAA last season in the wake of the 2006 suspended season. Other notable players with important decisions to make are midfielder Brad Ross, midfielder Bo Carrington and defenseman Ryan McFayden.

In other news, if you’re interested in applying for the 2008 MLL Draft, here’s the application. No references needed!

–by Ben Cohen

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Danowski Projected No. 1 Overall in MLL Draft

The Chronicle, particularly this year, prides itself on providing the best coverage of Duke Lacrosse of any media outlet (we’ll be sending two reporters and two photographers to Foxborough, if you haven’t heard). Inside Lacrosse, on the other hand, is by far the best source of news and analysis for national college lacrosse, and John Jiloty and his crew have done a nice job covering the Blue Devils, as well.

In the dominant media source’s first mock Major League Lacrosse Draft, Jiloty projects fifth-year senior attackman Matt Danowski as the draft’s first overall pick, held by Chicago. Danowski is the reigning Tewaaraton Trophy winner and, along with teammate Zack Greer, is one of five finalists for the Heisman Trophy equivalent this year.

Also listed in the top 20 prospects are defenseman Nick O’Hara (No. 13) and former Blue Devil and current Virginia midfielder Peter Lamade (No. 18). Zack Greer, the nation’s leading goal scorer and NCAA all-time leading goal scorer, is not listed, but he has the option of using a fifth year of eligibility granted to Duke by the NCAA last year to compensate for the suspended 2006 season.

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