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Duke Lacrosse

SI, June 26, 2006

Succisa Virescit. That's the new motto of the Duke lacrosse team, which returned to the field last week for the first time since March 27, the day before the school canceled the remainder of last season in the wake of a woman's accusation that she was sexually assaulted by three players. The phrase, which was visible on shirts worn by members of the coaching staff, is Latin for Cut down, it grows again. "Last season obviously got cut short," said senior captain Matt Danowski. "I think we realize what a privilege it is and how much we actually miss and love playing lacrosse, so it's pretty fitting for us."

In July, Danowski's father, John, the longtime coach at Hofstra, was hired to run the Blue Devils' program. His first practice, at 7:15 a.m. on Sept. 4, attracted about two dozen media members. Danowski (above, with his son) has nearly finished the schedule for his team, which was in the top five last season. The first game will be in February, and it's possible that the trial of the three players--who are not on the team--will begin during the season. "While I guess it's in the back of your mind, it's still something where you move forward," said John Danowski.