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Duke’s Wolf, Maryland trio earn recognition for standout 2014 campaigns
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke senior attacker Jordan Wolf has been named the 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Year, and Maryland swept the league’s three other yearly individual awards announced on Thursday.
The Terrapins’ Niko Amato earned ACC Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Connor Cannizzaro was named ACC Freshman of the Year and John Tillman the 2014 ACC Coach of the Year. All of the season honors were determined by a vote of the ACC’s six head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Wolf has scored an ACC-high 47 goals in 15 games to lead Duke to a 12-3 record. The Wynnewood, Pa., native ranks second in total points (72), fourth in assists per game (1.67) and fourth in shots per game (7.20). Wolf has scored the game-winning goal in three Blue Devils’ victories.
Maryland’s Amato, a senior from Conshohocken, Pa., has been solid in goal with an ACC-leading 7.27 goals against average. Amato leads the ACC in saves percentage (.573) and ranks third in saves per game (9.08).
Cannizzaro, of Cazenovia, N.Y., has also played a major role in the Terps’ 10-3 season. Starting all 13 matches, Cannizzaro has contributed 19 goals and 25 points to rank third on the team in both categories. He has scored one game-winning goal and boasts a .630 shots on goal percentage.
Tillman’s Maryland squad posted a 4-1 ACC record to share the top spot in the final regular-season standings with Duke and earned the No. 1 seed in last week’s ACC Championship after being predicted to finish sixth in the ACC in a preseason vote of the league’s head coaches. At 10-3 overall, Maryland is poised to reach the NCAA Tournament for the 12th straight season and the fourth straight year under Tillman’s watch as head coach.
2014 Men’s Lacrosse Individual Awards
Offensive Player of the Year: Jordan Wolf, Sr., A, Duke
Defensive Player of the Year: Niko Amato, Sr., G, Maryland
Freshman of the Year: Connor Cannizzaro, Fr., A, Maryland
Coach of the Year: John Tillman, Maryland