Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/11/13
From Press Release
Maverik Lacrosse is proud to announce the signing of Wings rookie CJ Costabile, a three-time All-American at Duke University and the 2012 recipient of the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, to its roster of elite lacrosse representatives.
Costabilewill be signing autographs and meeting fans this Saturday, January 12th along with Maverik Athletes Billy Bitter, Jovan Miller and Drew Adams (Springfield-Delco) at the US Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia.
“CJ is a great example of what hard work and determination can lead to on the field and in the classroom,” said John Gagliardi, founder of Maverik Lacrosse. ” CJ’s overtime goal to win the NCAA championship is one of the most memorable goals in Lacrosse history. We are excited to have a player of his skill, leadership and love for the game as part of the Cascade and Maverik team.”
Over his four years at Duke, CJ’s hard work in the classroom earned him an All-Atlantic Coast Conference academic team selection and conference honor roll membership. In addition to his lacrosse and classroom commitments, CJ was an active volunteer in the Durham community. He and his teammates often made and served dinner to families at a local Ronald McDonald house and visited patients at the Duke Children’s Hospital.
“I am thrilled to join a company which is as dedicated to growing the game of lacrosse as it is to creating the most advanced equipment on the market,” said CJ. “It’s is an honor to be working with such an All-Star team of athletes to help advance the Maverik message and contribute to the growth of the game.”
Costabile’s on the field resume is as impressive as his classroom achievements. In 2012, CJ was a First-Team All-American and ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Year and recorded a team-high 137 ground balls. CJ was also named the recipient of the 2012 Lt. Donald McLaughlin, Jr. Award as the nation’s most outstanding midfielder.
In that same year he was also a 2012 Tewaaraton finalist. However, CJ will always be remembered in lacrosse history for his 2011 face-off win and game winning goal in overtime against Notre Dame to lead Duke to their first ever NCAA National Championship.
During his four years at Duke, Costabile posted a .531 career face-off percentage, 368 career ground balls and 65 caused turnovers. CJ grew up in Connecticut and played for New Fairfield H.S., winning a state championship his senior year. He also was named as a “Top 10” recruit by Inside Lacrosse magazine in 2008 and was selected to play for the U-19 U.S. National team.