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Duke dismisses potential starter

Still trying to overcome the loss of senior defenseman Mike Manley due to a significant knee injury, 2010 NCAA champion Duke took another blow with the dismissal of junior goalkeeper Sean Brady.

First reported by Inside Lacrosse and confirmed by Blue Devils coach John Danowski, Brady was competing with sophomore Dan Wigrizer and senior Mike Rock for the starting role this spring.

Danowski said Brady remains at school, but will not return this spring.

“We love him, and we’re going to stand with him,” Danowski said Thursday. “But at this point, it’s just not possible for him to be a member of the team. We love him, and we’re going to continue to work with him and continue to support him.”

Wigrizer won 12 of his 16 starts last season, recorded a 9.41 goals-against average and a .508 save percentage, and became the sixth freshman in NCAA history to start in the cage for a national champion.

Rock won all three starts last spring, compiling a 5.79 goals-against average and a .444 save percentage.

Danowski joked that he didn’t have the courage to rotate goalies the way former Maryland coach Dave Cottle did in 2009.

“We were talking today at lunch, and we were saying, ‘Weren’t we having this discussion last year at this time?’ Danowski said. “You’d love for somebody to earn the spot outright with really consistent high level of play relative to their opponents. Sometimes, it’s really close.”

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