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North Carolina’s Tutton and Kelly; Notre Dame’s Landis and Syracuse’s Donahue collect honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina’s Chad Tutton and Syracuse’s Dylan Donahue have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while the Tar Heels’ Stephen Kelly and Notre Dame’s Matt Landis and share Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Tutton matched a career-high with four goals as he helped rally North Carolina past Duke, 15-14, on Sunday. The senior midfielder from Courtice, Ontario was efficient with his opportunities as he scored his four goals, including three in the fourth quarter, on seven total shots for the day. With UNC trailing 11-10 entering the fourth quarter, Tutton’s goal with 12 minutes to play put the Tar Heels ahead 12-10, and after Duke tied the game 12-12, Tutton scored back-to-back goals that gave North Carolina the lead for good. The Tar Heels’ home win over the Blue Devils marked the first time they had defeated Duke at Fetzer Field since the 2003 season.
Donahue scored a season-high seven goals in the Orange’s 13-12 double-overtime loss at No. 2 Notre Dame on Saturday. His seven tallies are the most goals scored by an ACC player in one game this season and were one short of his career high of eight versus Siena last season. Five of Donahue’s goals came in a 13-minute stretch to help Syracuse rally from a 9-3 deficit, and his final goal with 1:06 to play in regulation gave the Orange its first lead of the game, 12-11. Donahue has at least one goal in 17 straight games and owns a streak of 31 consecutive games with a point.
Kelly had the best game of his North Carolina career in winning 22-of-33 faceoffs – one shy of the school record - and helping the Tar Heels dominate the face-off X in the 15-14 win over Duke. Kelly also picked up a game-high 10 ground balls to help North Carolina control the second half en route to the win.
Landis and the Notre Dame defense limited Syracuse to just three-first half goals, and held the Orange without a goal for a period of 18:54 during portions of the second and third quarters en route to the 13-12 double overtime win. While Syracuse was shut down offensively early in the game, the Fighting Irish built a commanding six-goal lead, 9-3, midway through the second quarter.
League play continues on this weekend with No. 8 Virginia hosting No. 4 North Carolina on Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m., and No. 1 Notre Dame playing at No. 7 Duke on Saturday, April 4. Both games will air on ESPNU/WatchESPN app. The ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be played at PPL Park in Philadelphia April 24 and 26, with the top four finishers from the regular season competing in the tournament. The fifth-place team that does not qualify for the Championship will play Penn on Saturday, April 25 at PPL Park. Single game and all-session tickets are on sale now. Click here to purchase tickets.