Duke athletes are continuing to excel nationally, as two former Blue Devils were added to the US Men’s National Lacrosse Team roster for the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Championships this summer. Ned Crotty and David Lawson will join the 23-man team roster in Denver, CO for the World Championships this year starting July 10. The US team is coming off of a gold medal in the last tournament in 2010, in which Crotty also participated for Team USA. This adds to the growing prestige of the Duke Lacrosse program, coming off back-to-back NCAA National Championships and third in school history since 2010.
Ned Crotty, class of 2010, played in the attack position for Duke and currently plays the New York Lizards in Major League Lacrosse. A captain of the 2010 team, Crotty helped to lead Duke win their first national championship in lacrosse and won the Tewaaraton Award for the Most Outstanding College Lacrosse Player. Additionally, Crotty was the #1 overall pick in the MLL draft in 2010. He was drafted by the Chicago Machine.
His first season in the MLL played in seven games with the Machine. He scored 11 goals and added 13 assists, totaling for 24 points on the season. After Crotty’s season was over, Chicago’s franchise left the MLL to be a travel team. The Machine transferred it’s roster to the “reborn” Rochester Rattlers. Crotty played with the Rattlers for three seasons. Over those three seasons, Crotty played in 37 games and scored 59 goals and added 56 assists, totaling 115 points with his time in Rochester. After the 2013 season was over, Crotty was traded to his current team.
David Lawson, class of 2013, currently plays midfielder for the Rochester Rattlers in the MLL. His senior year, he was awarded with All-ACC and First Team All-America selections and also won a championship with Duke Lacrosse. Lawson is making his first appearance in international competition and made the final roster out of 52 players who tried out in Orlando.
Lawson played eight games during his rookie season for Rochester and scored 18 goals and had 5 assists. He also contributed by picking up 10 ground balls.