2008 USILA Men's Division I Lacrosse All-Americans

DURHAM, N.C. -- Led by repeat first team selections Matt Danowski, Zack Greer and Nick O'Hara, Duke had nine players earn 2008 All-America honors from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) as announced on Saturday afternoon.

Danowski, Greer, and O'Hara all earned first unit honors, with Danowski becoming the first three-time first team choice in school history and only the eighth player in ACC history to accomplish the feat. In addition, Ned Crotty and Tony McDevitt garnered second team honors while Max Quinzani, Dan Loftus and Brad Ross received third squad recognition. Parker McKee was Duke's lone honorable mention pick.

For the full list, see 2008 Men's Division I All-Americans.

Greer and O'Hara become the fifth and sixth two-time first team All-America selections in Duke history, joining Danowski, Charles Gilfillan (1948 & 1951), Stephen Card (1999 & 2000) and Kevin Cassese (2002 & 2003). This year marks the fourth season that Duke has placed multiple individuals on the first team unit, joining the 1997 (Jim Gonnella & David Stilley), 2005 (Danowski, Aaron Fenton & Matt Zash) and 2007 (Danowski, Greer, O'Hara & Casey Carroll) Blue Devils squads.

The nine overall selections establish a new school record, eclipsing the eight honorees in 1999: Card (1st team), Nick Hartofilis (2nd), Scott Diggs (3rd), Jared Frood (3rd), Matt Breslin (HM), T.J. Durnan (HM) and John O'Donnell (HM). Duke had seven picks in 1949, 1951, 1997, 2005 and 2007.

A senior attackman from Farmingdale, N.Y., Danowski also received first team All-America honors in 2005 and 2007. This year, he leads the country in both total points (97) and assists (56) and became the NCAA's all-time leading scorer with 350 career points in Duke's victory over Loyola on May 10. Danowski ends his career with 353 career points.

Greer, a senior attackman from Whitby, Ontario, Canada, picks up his second consecutive first team citation. A third team choice as a rookie in 2005, Greer is on pace to lead the nation in goals for the third time in his career, currently leading the country with 65 markers.

Leading the Blue Devils in ground balls for the fourth straight season, O'Hara has four goals and four assists on the year to go along with his 88 grounders. The Orchard Park, N.Y., product also was a first team pick a year ago after scooping up 84 ground balls and adding five goals and two helpers.

Crotty earns the first All-America honor of his career after registering 35 points on 17 goals and 18 assists. The junior midfielder from New Vernon, N.J., handed out a career-high four assists last weekend in Duke's NCAA Tournament quarterfinal win over Ohio State.

Named to an All-America team for the third time in his career is McDevitt, a senior defenseman from Philadelphia, Pa. A second team pick in 2008, he also received second unit honors in 2005 and third team accolades in 2007.

Loftus receives third team recognition for the second straight year as the Syosset, N.Y., ranked among the national leaders in both save percentage (.632) and goals against average (6.83) heading into today's semifinal tilt. Fifth on the NCAA's career list for goals against average (7.30), the senior owns a career record of 41-8 as a starter in the Duke net.

Playing alongside first team choices in Danowski and Greer, Quinzani was tabbed to the third unit after compiling 61 goals and eight assists in his sophomore campaign. The Duxbury, Mass., native has scored two or more goals in 18 of his 19 games played this season as his goal total ranks second nationally behind Greer.

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2008-05-24



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