Duke senior long-stick midfielder-defenseman Luke Duprey will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, a Duke official confirmed Saturday. Multiple Major League Lacrosse sources told Inside Lacrosse that Duprey suffered an anterior cruciate ligament tear.
Duprey was injured late in the Blue Devils' 17-15 win over Virginia on April 11.
Duprey has picked up 34 ground balls this season and caused 22 turnovers; he has 142 ground balls and 88 caused turnovers in his career. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound New Hampshire native was an elite hockey prospect and was the New York Lizards' No. 4 pick in January's MLL draft.
Lehigh goalie Matt Poillon playing through torn labrum
Lehigh coach Kevin Cassese calls junior Matt Poillon a "program-changing" goalie for the Mountain Hawks, stepping into a starting role for Lehigh as a freshman and quickly emerging as one of the top goalies in Division I.
This year, Poillon's faced a new challenge: He's played the entire season with a torn labrum in his right hip, an injury that requires surgery and limits his side-to-side movement. The Mountain Hawks play Army in the semifinals of the Patriot League tournament Friday.
Poillon is sixth in the country in save percentage (.584) and second in goals-against (6.30) despite the injury, which he and coach Kevin Cassese confirmed in a phone call Monday morning. Those numbers are down slightly from his previous two seasons, but the Mountain Hawks' defensive scoring average is No. 2 in the country. In 2013, Poillon stopped 59.6 percent of shots, and 59.7 percent in 2012.
"It came down to just me not wanting to miss the season. It would have been tough having to sit out this season having gone through the fall and after two great seasons and two straight Patriot League titles," Poillon said.
He found out he would need surgery in December; he scheduled it for just after Memorial Day weekend.
"We're planning on staying here until the last possible day," Poillon said. "As soon as that's over, I'll get my surgery."
Because of the injury, Poillon is extremely limited on non-game days. He does a partial practice once a week if there's a full week between games, and doesn't practice at all if there are multiple games in one week.
This week provides a particularly grueling outlook: To earn the Patriot League championship, the Mountain Hawks would have to win three games in six days, including Tuesday's 10-6 win vs. Navy.
"This is what we've been working for from day one. We knew that the bar was raised with Loyola in the league. We knew we'd have to work twice as hard. We've given it our all this season. We've had some setbacks. We've been in pretty lows places as times, but we've been able to build and recover from that," Poillon said. "We've put in so much hard work. Now that we have Navy, and hopefully more into this weekend, that's everything that we've been working for."
Holy Cross, coach Jim Morrissey part ways
Holy Cross coach Jim Morrissey has resigned from the program, according to multiple sources and later confirmed by the university.
The Crusaders, 3-11 overall, are coming off a 9-8 loss to first-year program Boston University to complete their Patriot League season 1-7. They head to Dartmouth on April 29 for their regular-season finale.
Morrissey took over from Adam Pascal on an interim basis in 2011 and amassed a 17-36 record in almost four seasons. The Crusaders are coming off a campaign in 2013, however, that showed impressive development; Morrissey was the league's Coach of the Year.
The team confirmed the resignation via a news release, quoting athletic director Nathan Pine: "I have accepted Coach Morrissey's resignation, and we wish him well in all of his future endeavors. We will be conducting a national search to find our next head coach, looking for a leader who will bring outstanding credentials, positive leadership and renewed enthusiasm to our program."
The Holy Cross athletic department is undergoing a transition as Pine is in his first year in Worcester, Mass., since arriving from Maryland.