FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – While attackman Ned Crotty is the obvious big name coming back for a fifth year at Duke, there are certainly some other guys who will have a chance to as well because of the NCAA’s 2007 ruling that restored a year of eligibility to every player on the Blue Devils’ 2006 team.
And from the sounds of things, they will
“Basically everyone,” coach John Danowski replied when asked how much of the senior class will come back next year.
The most notable non-Crotty fourth-year seniors (and thus freshmen on the ‘06 team that had its season shortened by rape accusations later declared false) are midfielders Mike Catalino and Steve Schoeffel and faceoff man Sam Payton.
Those are some very useful pieces. But as Danowski pointed out, some guys who don’t play very much will also return (as some did this year), so it’s not like only stars are coming back.
All that said, the grumbling in the sport will probably be a bit louder in 2010 than it was this spring when Brad Ross and Ryan McFadyen came back. It will also be quieter than ‘08, when it was a posse of all-stars led by 2007 player of the year Matt Danowski returned to Durham.