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North Carolina sweeps as Simpson and Kelly claim honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina received both Atlantic Coast Conference men’s lacrosse weekly awards following the Tar Heels’ win at No. 8 Johns Hopkins on Sunday. Junior midfielder Shane Simpson was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week, while junior midfielder Stephen Kelly earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Simpson registered a career-high five points on two goals and three assists while making several key plays during a fourth-quarter UNC rally. He assisted on Michael Tagliaferri’s goal with 13:14 to play to put the Tar Heels ahead, 10-9, and found him again for the game -winning goal with 6:57 remaining. He then gave the Tar Heels a two-goal cushion, 13-11, 38 seconds later en route to the 15-11 victory.
Kelly won 68 percent of his face-offs against Johns Hopkins, including six of eight in the fourth quarter as the Tar Heels outscored the Blue Jays 6-2 in the final frame. With the game tied 9-9 going into the fourth, Kelly helped the Tar Heels dominate possession as they scored five unanswered goals to end the game. His 17 face-off wins were a season high and marked the eighth time in his career he has won as many as 15 in a game. He had a game-high nine ground balls, matching his season high.