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4 Duke lacrosse seniors return for extra year of eligibility

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RALEIGH (AP) -- Four Duke men's lacrosse players -- including national player of the year Matt Danowski -- will return for a fifth season.

The NCAA granted the extra year to restore the one lost amid a rape scandal that led to false charges against three former teammates.

Team spokesman Art Chase says goaltender Dan Loftus and defensemen Tony McDevitt and Nick O'Hara will join Danowski in returning to the Durham campus for the 2008 season. The players are required to pursue graduate-level course work to be eligible for the fifth year.

A fifth Duke player, midfielder Peter Lamade, has enrolled for an extra season at Atlantic Coast Conference rival Virginia.

In May, the NCAA granted Duke's request for the extra year for its players who were not seniors during the 2006 season, regardless of whether they played at Duke or another school. The decision restored the year lost when Duke canceled the remainder of the 2006 season amid the rape allegations.

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