February 1, 2013

Duke Fifth-Year Carroll Tears ACL; Out for Season

by Corey McLaughlin | LaxMagazine.com | Twitter

Former Army Ranger Casey Carroll tore his ACL and will miss Duke's 2013 season.
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There's been an unfortunate turn in what was a feel-good story.

Duke men's lacrosse head coach John Danowski announced Thursday that redshirt senior Casey Carroll will miss the 2013 season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee.

The procedure was performed Monday by Dr. Claude T. Moorman III, Duke's director of Sports Medicine.

Carroll, a defenseman, returned to the Blue Devils for a fifth year of eligibility after serving five years as an Army Ranger. He previously played for Duke from 2004-07, earning first team All-America honors his senior season.

Danowski told Lacrosse Magazine on a conference call in December that Carroll would likely start on defense for the Blue Devils this season. 

Danowski even referenced Carroll's story during a presentation with his son and first-year Duke assistant coach Matt Danowski at the US Lacrosse National Convention last month.

"It's a cool story," John Danowski said then. "His perspective is so much different."

"I'm jealous of the way he enjoys going to practice," Matt Danowski also said on stage at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. "I wish I could have been like that when I was a senior."

Duke is ranked third in Lacrosse Magazine's Division I men's preseason rankings. The Blue Devils open the season Feb. 9 at home against Denver.

Carroll was drafted No. 18 overall by the Hamilton Nationals in January's Major League Lacrosse draft and his rights were traded last week the Charlotte Hounds as part of a multi-player deal that sent the rights of Johns Hopkins defenseman Tucker Durkin to Hamilton.

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