Maryland and Virginia Split ACC Lacrosse Weekly Honors

March 7, 2012

ACC Players of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland senior midfielder Drew Snider and Virginia senior midfielder Colin Briggs have been named the ACC Offensive Co-Players of the Week, announced by the conference on Tuesday. Virginia goaltender Rob Fortunato and Maryland goaltender Niko Amato earned Defensive Co-Players of the Week for their performances.

Snider tallied his third career hat trick with three first half goals to help the Terrapins put the Blue Devils in an early hole. The Seattle, Wash., native scored the first goal of the game for Maryland, which never trailed in the contest. He then scored two man-up goals in the second quarter to help the Terrapins to a 7-2 halftime lead, which they held onto for a 10-7 win over the 10th-ranked Blue Devils.

Briggs, a senior from Narragansett, R.I., tallied three goals and one assist which proved to be the difference in Virginia’s 14-10 triumph over No. 3 Syracuse. His goal just before the half jumpstarted a 5-0 run that helped the Cavaliers overcome a 6-3 deficit, and they never trailed again. Brigg’s unassisted score as he cut through the middle of the defense proved to be the game-winning goal.

Fortunato saved a career-high 16 shots between the pipes, including seven in the first quarter, to help the Cavaliers defeat Syracuse. The Essex Fells, N.J., native helped start 19-of-20 successful clears for Virginia and made key saves late in the game to help maintain the lead.

Amato, who was largely untested in the first half as the Terrapins jumped out to a 7-2 lead, put Maryland on his back late in the game. The Blue Devils, thanks to nine Terrapin turnovers in the fourth quarter, had the ball for the majority of the fourth and held a 15-1 shot advantage. Duke also had four man-up opportunities in the last period, but could only muster three goals as Amato had nine of his 14 saves in the final 15 minutes.