Maryland placed three players on the All-ACC men’s lacrosse team, which was announced today. Junior goalie Niko Amato made the team for the third straight season, while senior long-stick midfielder Jesse Bernhardt and senior midfielder John Haus are two-time honorees.
Amato led the conference with a 7.16 goals-against average, which is nearly two goals less than the second-place goalie. He is also first in the conference with a .619 save percentage. Amato’s standout performance of the season came Saturday when he recorded a career-best 24 saves vs. No. 14 Yale in an 8-7 Maryland victory. That total was the most by an ACC goalie since 2005.
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Bernhardt, the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year, leads the team 17 caused turnovers and is second on the team with 44 ground balls. He ranks first among non-faceoff men in ground balls per game in the conference. A two-time team captain, Bernhardt has been responsible for leading a unit that ranks third in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 7.27 goals per game.
Haus, a Lutherville native, ranks fourth on the team with 23 points on 14 goals and nine assists. Haus was sensational in the Terps’ 12-10 win at then-No. 1 Loyola in February with four goals, including the game-winner, and an assist. He also turned in a solid outing in the 9-7 win at Virginia on March 30 with two goals and an assist.
North Carolina is represented on the All-ACC team by senior attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman). He leads the conference and is fourth in the country in points per game (4.77) and repeated as a member of the squad.
Individual awards, including Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Coach and Freshman of the Year, will be voted on by the league’s head coaches after the ACC championship.
2013 Men’s Lacrosse All-ACC Team
Brendan Fowler, Junior, Midfield, Duke
David Lawson, Senior, Midfield, Duke
Jordan Wolf, Junior, Attack, Duke
Jesse Bernhardt, Senior, LSM, Maryland
John Haus, Senior, Midfield, Maryland
Niko Amato, Junior, Goalie, Maryland
Joey Sankey, Sophomore, Attack, North Carolina
Marcus Holman, Senior, Attack, North Carolina
Mark Cockerton, Junior, Attack, Virginia
Nick O’Reilly, Junior, Attack, Virginia
Scott McWilliams, Junior, Defense, Virginia
Mosketti, Farrell win women's honors
Freshman midfielder Jenna Mosketti (Fallston) of the sixth-ranked Penn State women’s lacrosse team was tabbed as the ALC Rookie of the Week for the fourth time this season and second straight week.
She recorded four points (3 goals, 1 assist), five draw controls, one ground ball and one caused turnover in a pair of games, which included a three-goal effort in Penn State’s 15-14 ALC victory at Johns Hopkins.
Mosketti leads all ALC freshmen in caused turnovers per game (1.2) and ground balls per game (1.67), and ranks second in draw controls per game (1.93).
At Florida, senior defender Sam Farrell (Severna Park) was named ALC Defensive Player of the Week. She led a defensive unit that held No. 4 Northwestern to 18 shots on Saturday, including four in the second half, to help guide the Gators to their third straight win over the Wildcats.
Farrell also had the duty of guarding Northwestern leading scorer Erin Fitzgerald, who ranked eighth in the nation with 3.29 goals per game, to two goals on the day (one on a free position). The Gators defense held Northwestern to its lowest scoring total in 210 matches dating to a 14-3 loss to Syracuse in 2003.
Frostburg State falls in CAC first round
A week after a thrilling home victory over Mary Washington that clinched a home playoff game, No. 4 seed Frostburg State (11-6) was eliminated in the CAC tournament first round with an 11-6 setback against the No. 5 seed Eagles (9-6).
Mary Washington advanced to visit top seed Salisbury on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the semifinals.
The Eagles raced out to a 4-1 lead early in the second quarter and later blew open a one-goal game with four scores in the fourth quarter.
Trailing 7-3 early in the third quarter, Frostburg collected itself and used a 3-0 spurt and trailed just 7-6 entering the fourth. Sophomore Devin Colegrove (Dulaney) and freshman Spenser Love (Winters Mill) each had a goal and an assist during the run that pulled the Bobcats to within one.
However, the Eagles proved too strong with four goals in the fourth quarter on just seven shots.
Mary Washington set the tone in the first half, taking a 6-3 lead into intermission while holding a 35-9 lead in shots. UMW finished with a 51-37 edge in shots for four quarters of action.
Bobcats junior keeper Tyler Haines (Winters Mill) did his part to keep the hosts in the game, stopping 20 shots, including nine in the second quarter. Classmate Billy Lark won 15 of 17 faceoffs and added five ground balls. Colegrove finished with a team best two goals and one assist.
Other state men's results: Ben Love (McDonogh) scored four goals and Matt Tarrant had five to power host the St. Mary’s men (10-6) to a 22-5 win over Wesley (6-9) in the opening round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament. ... Michael Trapp went 18-for-21 on faceoffs and visiting Washington College (12-3, 6-3) secured a spot in the Centennial Conference tournament with a 16-5 win over Swarthmore (4-11, 1-7).
State women's result: Emily Hubley scored six goals, including the 100th of her career, to power host Washington College (11-4, 4-4 Centennial) to a 17-14 win over Swarthmore (10-5, 4-4).
National women's result: Erin Fitzgerald had a hat trick and No. 4 Northwestern (14-2) used a 7-1 run to win, 10-8, over No. 10 Notre Dame.