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Feb. 14, 2012
GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina junior midfielder Davey Emala and sophomore midfielder R.G. Keenan have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for the week ending on Monday, Feb. 13.
Emala, a transfer from Georgetown, started his Tar Heel career with six goals, including two game-winning goals, and added an assist while starting his first two games with the team. The Baltimore, Md., native also had six ground balls combined in the wins over No. 17 Penn State and Mercer. He had four goals and an assist in the win over the Nittany Lions and added two goals against Mercer in limited playing time. He scored his six goals on only 10 shots.
Keenan won 74.4 percent of his faceoffs in the first two games of the season to help North Carolina dominate possession time in the two wins over the weekend. Keenan won a career-high 19 faceoffs in 27 attempts against the Nittany Lions and had seven ground balls. A day later, the Perry Hall, Md., native won 13 of 16 faceoffs against Mercer and scooped up six ground balls. Keenan’s 19 wins versus Penn State exceeded his previous career high of 18, set in three games in 2011. His 81.2 percentage against Mercer was the second highest of his career in a game, exceeded only by the 85.7 winning percentage he had as a freshman last season against Dartmouth.