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posted 05.26.2012 at 10.19 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Costabile's Career Comes to Sudden End

In the moments after Duke's 16-10 loss to Maryland in NCAA Division I men's lacrosse semifinals, the Blue Devils' Tewaaraton Award finalist, CJ Costabile, was asked for his immediate thoughts about the abrupt end to Duke's season.

"It's over," he said. "You dedicate four years of your life to something, and it just ends. What I'll miss most is the guys and everything we've done."

Duke coach John Danowski followed with his assessment of Costabile's time at Duke, which included the information that a broken thumb was the reason Costabile did not face-off against Syracuse in Duke's first-round game. Costabile still played in the game on the wing and at his normal long-stick midfield position.

"CJ has had an impact the first day he walked on campus," Danowski said. "He scored three goals in the ACC championship as a freshman. He scored the Christian Laettner goal as a sophomore [against Notre Dame in the 2010 national championship game]. He played through injuries. He didn't face-off against Syracuse because he had a broken finger, which we kept secret from everyone. We missed him last year when we played Maryland at this time because he had a broken bone in his hand.

"'Warrior' sometimes is an overused cliché, but certainly that would come to mind that he's been a warrior for us," Danowski continued. "What he does is very difficult, getting up-and-down the field. Takes a lot of hits and just keeps coming back. We're going to miss him tremendously as with all the seniors, but we'll miss him."

Maryland coach John Tillman had another perspective.

"Thank God. I'm so glad I never have to see CJ Costabile again," Tillman said, in a sign of respect.