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Virginia’s Coholan and Sacco sweep honors
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Virginia’s Greg Coholan was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week, while teammate Davi Sacco earned ACC Defensive Player of the Week honors following the Cavaliers’ exciting 13-12 road win over seventh-ranked Loyola. UVa was the only team in the nation to defeat a Top-10 ranked team on the opening weekend of the lacrosse season.
Coholan tallied a career-high four goals and a career-high five points the game, which was very much a seesaw affair early on. Coholan’s first two goals came in the first quarter and each tied the score after Loyola took a one-goal lead. His lone assist came at the end of the first half, tying the game at 6-6 heading into the intermission. The Rochester, New York, native opened the third quarter scoring with back-to-back goals to help UVa start a 4-0 run coming out of halftime. Overall, it was a 5-0 run for UVa dating back to the second quarter with Coholan’s assisted goal. The run was all the Cavaliers needed to gain advantage and set the tone as Virginia held on late for the key road win.
Sacco, who came to UVa as a walk-on in 2012, made his first collegiate start after playing sparingly in nine career games over the past three years. Sacco did not cause any turnovers or pick up any ground balls, but his impact on the game was highly felt in UVa’s one-goal win. The Fayetteville, New York, native guarded Loyola senior All-American Nikko Pontrello, who tallied 51 goals and 12 assists in 2014. Sacco held Pontrello to zero goals, zero assists for zero points and zero shots. Pontrello – the first-round selection of the Denver Outlaws in the 2015 MLL Draft – managed one shot, which came when Sacco wasn’t guarding him.