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March 29, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina freshman attackman Nicky Galasso and sophomore goalkeeper Steven Rastivo have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet, respectively, for the period ending on Monday, March 28.
Galasso scored four goals and added eight assists in two games to lead the Tar Heels to a pair of nationally-televised wins over Dartmouth 12-7 and fifth-ranked Maryland 11-6. The rookie from West Islip, N.Y., had two goals and three assists in the win over the Big Green to record his eighth successive multipoint game of the season. He was even better four days later at Maryland where the Tar Heels won for the first time since 2003 and only the second time since 1993. Galasso had two goals and five assists against the Terps for a career-high seven points as he helped the Tar Heels rally from a 4-0 first quarter deficit to score eight goals in a row and 10 of 11 to take a 10-5 lead early in the fourth quarter. Galasso's five assists were the most by a Tar Heel since Gavin Petracca had five against Navy in the fourth game of the 2010 season and his seven points were just one short of the UNC record for points in a game by a freshman, which was set by Mike McCall against Fairfield in 2002. Galasso's five assists set the UNC record for assists in a game by a freshman as well.
After playing only 59 minutes in three games as a backup in 2010, Rastivo saw his first action of 2011 this past week and earned his first two career starts. The sophomore from South Setauket, N.Y., combined to make 25 saves and allow only 13 goals for a save percentage of 65.8 in the two games. He faced 68 shots in the two games combined. In both games the Tar Heels had to rally from deficits - two goals to Dartmouth and four goals to Maryland. Ten of his 25 saves came in the fourth quarter of the two games and he allowed only two fourth quarter goals in the two games combined. Rastivo became only the second goalie in the last 18 years to lead the Tar Heels to a win at Maryland - the other being Paul Spellman in 2003.
ACC Men's Lacrosse action continues today (Tuesday, March 29) as Duke hosts Brown. The game is slated to begin at 3 p.m.