Crotty Named ACC Athlete of the Year

Christina Pena/ The Chronicle : Senior Max Quinzani, who scored the game-winning goal in Duke's 14-13 win, rushes to join the celebration at midfield.

Ned Crotty is known by many titles: National champion, FIL gold medal-winner, USILA All-American, Tewaaraton winner, "Needles." (And "God," according to his Delbarton classmates... seriously.)

Add ACC Male Athlete of the Year to the list. Crotty won the Anthony J. McKelvin award Thursday, becoming the 12th Duke student-athlete to receive the honor and the first since J.J. Redick won it in 2006. Crotty and Virginia's Chris Rotelli are the only lacrosse players to ever win the award.

Crotty now plays for Major League Lacrosse. After being drafted first by the Chicago Machine, he has eight goals and 12 assists in just six games. This year he also played for Team USA in the 2010 FIL World Championship  in Manchester, England, where, as the team's youngest player, he scored the game-tying goal in the gold medal game with 8:50 left, then scored the game-winner three minutes later.

Not a bad year, even for God.


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