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Duke lacrosse candidates include Hofstra's Danowski


Hofstra men's lacrosse coach John Danowski is among a group of potential replacements for Duke coach Mike Pressler, who resigned after 16 seasons with the Blue Devils on April 5, the day Duke's season was canceled after a team party during which an exotic dancer allegedly was raped by three players.

Newsday reported Duke has been granted permission to interview Danowski, whose son, Matt, is heading into his senior year at Duke and is one of the nation's top attackmen. Danowski recently completed his 21st season at Hofstra with his best year. The Pride finished 17-2 and advanced to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals.

Others most mentioned as Duke candidates include Kevin Corrigan of Notre Dame, Rick Sowell of St. John's and Virginia's Marc Van Arsdale, the only current assistant believed to be under consideration.

Van Arsdale, the top assistant at Virginia since 2002, helped the Cavaliers win their fourth NCAA title last month by going 17-0. Virginia set a Division I record for most victories by an unbeaten team. Van Arsdale also was an assistant in Charlottesville for six seasons before becoming head coach at Penn in 1997.

Corrigan has coached for the past 18 seasons at Notre Dame, where he has led the Irish to a 156-88 record and 11 NCAA tournament appearances.

Sowell led Dartmouth to an 11-3 record and an NCAA tournament berth during his fifth and final season with the Big Green in 2003. St. John's finished its third season under Sowell with a 4-9 record.

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