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Boston College and UNC student-athletes recognized for first time this season
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Boston College sophomore midfielder Sarah Mannelly and North Carolina sophomore goalkeeper Megan Ward have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced Tuesday by the conference.
Mannelly totaled eight points on seven goals and one assists while leading the Eagles to a 2-0 week, which included a 13-11 win at No. 8 Duke. The New Canaan, Conn., native started the week with a three-point performance (2g, 1a) in an 11-5 victory at Holy Cross. Mannelly followed that up with five goals in the comeback win at Duke, including the go-ahead goal with 12 seconds remaining in the first half to give Boston College a 9-8 lead entering halftime. She scored once more in the second half to help the Eagles to a two-goal cushion and eventual win.
Ward came off the bench and played brilliantly in goal for the Tar Heels in their win over No. 2 Maryland on Saturday, a rematch of the 2013 NCAA Championship game. Ward entered the game at the 11:15 mark of the first half in relief of starter Caylee Waters with the Terrapins leading, 8-4. Ward played the rest of the game and held Maryland scoreless for a span of 15:32, as the Tar Heels started the second half on a 7-1 run to seize control of the game. The Annapolis, Md., native tied her season high with nine saves against the Terps, and also gathered a ground ball.
ACC women’s lacrosse action continues Wednesday with No. 2 Maryland playing at Princeton.