Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/17/21 – From Press Releases
Duke graduate attacker Michael Sowers (Upper Dublin) was named the ACC Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, while North Carolina freshman goalie Collin Krieg earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors in the latest ACC weekly honors, announced Tuesday.
Sowers scored five goals and recorded seven assists in two wins last week for the Blue Devils. Against No. 18 High Point, the native of Dresher, Pennsylvania, scored a season-high four goals and dished out an assist in a 27-8 victory over the Panthers. Four days later, Sowers reversed things and scored one goal while providing a season-best six assists in a 17-6 win at Jacksonville. With the 12 points last week, Sowers moved to seventh on the NCAA career chart and fourth on the NCAA career assists list.
In his first ACC game, Krieg made a career-high 20 saves in a 16-13 win at Virginia. The 20 saves marked the second most by an ACC goalie this season. A native of Stony Brook, New York, Krieg matched his previous career high of 11 saves in the first half alone and went on to make nine saves after halftime, including one in the closing minute when UVa had cut the margin to two and was playing with an extra man, looking to make it a one-goal game. The host Cavaliers took 62 shots, with 33 on goal.
ACC teams hold half of the top 10 spots in the USILA poll again this week: No. 1 Duke, No. 2 North Carolina, No. 5 Syracuse, No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 9 Virginia. The league’s non-conference slate of games this week begins Wednesday when Notre Dame entertains Marquette at 4 p.m. on ACC Network.
Big East men’s honors
BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week
Justin Coppola, Villanova, So., FOS (Garden City, N.Y.)
Villanova sophomore Justin Coppola went 20-for-22 from faceoffs on Sunday in a 20-8 win against St. John’s. The Wildcat also picked up 10 ground balls and added a goal and an assist to his game resume. He scored the seventh goal of the outing at 14:51 I the second period. He also assisted the eventual game winner, 2-1, with 9:51 to play in the first quarter. It was Coppola’s first goal and assist of the year. He is 58-for-92 from the faceoff dot (.630). Sunday’s game was the first time the Wildcats have scored 20 goals since March 6, 2016.
Freshman of the Week
Tucker Goodelle, Villanova, Fr., A (Mooresville, N.C.)
Villanova rookie Tucker Goodell made his first collegiate start at attack on Sunday against St. John’s. The freshman attacker finished with six points as he scored three goals and assisted another three. He scored the fourth, 13th and 15th goals of the day. He assisted Villanova’s first goal of the game with 10:02 left in the first period. The assist was his first collegiate point. Sunday’s game was the first time the Wildcats have scored 20 goals since March 6, 2016.
BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll
Keegan Kahn, Villanova, Sr., A
Kahn scored twice and assisted five as he accounted for seven goals in Villanova’s 20-8 rout of St. John’s on Sunday. Kahn leads the team with 18 points on eight goals, 10 assists.