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Duke’s Wigrizer (Haverford School), Conners (Malvern Prep) ‘ring’ in their national title

Friday, 19th November 2010

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Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 11/19/10

Duke sophomores Dan Wigrizer (Haverford School) and Billy Conners (Malvern Prep) recently received their rings when the Blue Devils were honored for winning the 2010 NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse championship.

Dan Wigrizer (left) and Billy Conners show off their championship rings

A ceremony was held in the morning and the team was honored at halftime of the Duke- Boston College football game last weekend in Durham, N.C. Duke defeated Notre Dame, 6-5 in overtime to capture the program’s first national title on May 31.

Duke was also recognized for its academic achievements. The Blue Devils landed an Atlantic Coast Conference-best 15 student-athletes on the annual All-ACC Academic squad, and senior Max Quinzani was selected to the ESPN/CoSIDA Academic All-America first team.

Wigrizer, who earned All-ACC Academic, was the starting goalie in 2010 as a freshman, and earned the victory in the title game. He finished his rookie season with a 9.41 goals against average, a .508 save percentage and a 12-4 record. He made 154 saves for the year and collected five saves in the national

The Blue Devils' championship ring

championship game against Notre Dame.

Wigrizer became just the sixth true freshman goalie to win a national title as a starter, joining Rodney Rullman (Virginia, 1972), Kevin Mahon (Johns Hopkins, 1974), Quint Kessenich (Johns Hopkins, 1987), Derek Kenney (UVA, 1999) and John Galloway (Syracuse, 2008).

Conners, also an all-ACC Academic pick, was a valuable reserve. Both players figure to play key roles for the Devils in 2011 as they try to defend their crown.

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