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.
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
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.