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North Carolina’s Bitter, Syracuse’s Donahue and Harrison honored
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – North Carolina’s Jimmy Bitter and Syracuse’s Dylan Donahue have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Co-Players of the Week, while the Orange’s Ben Williams has been selected as the ACC Defensive Player of the Week after keying their teams to wins over fellow ranked opponents.
Bitter had a five-point game to lead the No. 4 Tar Heels to a 13-11 victory over No. 9 Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Feb. 22. Bitter scored four goals, one shy of his career high, and added an assist in UNC’s victory. Bitter scored his four goals on just six shots, five of which were on goal. When he scored late in the first period it was his 100th career goal, putting the Tar Heels ahead 4-1. He had three goals in a run which lifted UNC from a 3-1 lead to a 7-2 advantage, a lead Carolina would never surrender.
Bitter has totaled hat tricks in all four games this season and has hat tricks in seven of his past eight games dating to last year. He has recorded points in 45 straight games dating back to March 16, 2012, which is the second longest current streak in NCAA Division I and tied for the third longest in UNC history. The Stowe, Vermont, native has scored goals in 18 straight games, equaling the sixth longest active streak in NCAA Division I and the ninth longest in UNC history.
Donahue scored a season‐high five goals and added one assist to finish with six points in the Orange’s 12‐9 home victory against No. 11 Army on Sunday, Feb. 22 at the Carrier Dome. The Camillus, N.Y., native scored three of Syracuse’s five first‐half goals. He also registered one goal and one assist during a 5‐1 third‐quarter run that sealed the game, and added his fifth goal of the night early in the fourth quarter. For Donahue, it was his 14th career hat trick. He also extended his point streak to 26 games.
Williams dominated the faceoff X in the Orange’s victory against No. 11 Army. The sophomore transfer from Holy Cross won 21 of the game’s 25 faceoffs, good for an .840 winning percentage. Mendota Heights, Minnesota, native’s performance helped keep the ball out of the hands of Army’s explosive offense, which entered the game averaging 18.67 goals per contest. Williams claimed all 11 faceoffs in the first half and 15 of the first 16. He did not lose a draw until the start of the third quarter. In addition, Williams picked up a career‐high 13 ground balls, tied for the ninth‐highest, single‐game total in school history.