Maryland's Carlson and Amato, North Carolina's Emala Earn ACC Weekly Honors

April 2, 2013

ACC Players of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Maryland sophomore attackman Jay Carlson and North Carolina senior midfielder Davey Emala have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Co-Offensive Players of the Week as announced Tuesday by the conference. Terrapin goalkeeper Niko Amato was recognized as the ACC Defensive Player of the Week.

Carlson netted his second hat trick of the season to lead the Maryland offense in a 9-7 win at Virginia. The sophomore scored his first goal on a low-angle shot from left goal-line extended that ricocheted off both pipes before going into the goal. His second score, a SportsCenter Top 10 play, came with six seconds left in the third quarter and was an off-balance, behind-the-back goal that proved to be the game-winner.

The final goal of the day for the native of Cockeysville, Md., was an insurance tally for the Terps as Carlson lost his defender inside and finished with a one-timer on the crease. It is the second weekly award of the season for Carlson, who was also recognized on March 19.

Davey Emala scored three goals on just three shots and had one caused turnover in North Carolina’s 11-10 overtime win over No. 10 Johns Hopkins. After scoring the opening goal of the game, Emala then added a second score with 3:54 left in the first quarter to give the Tar Heels their largest lead of the game at 4-1.  In the second quarter, Emala’s trail check on a fast break caused a turnover and denied the Blue Jays an excellent scoring opportunity that could have tied the game. 

The native of Baltimore, Md., scored the game-tying goal for North Carolina with 1:30 left in the fourth quarter, forcing overtime where the Tar Heels won on a goal six seconds in by R.G. Keenan. It is the second career weekly award for Emala and the first since Feb. 14, 2012.

Amato tallied 14 saves to give the Terrapins their first win at Virginia’s Klöckner Stadium since 2003. After finishing with five saves in the first half, Amato made perhaps his biggest stop of the game early in the third quarter. With the Cavaliers within two goals and the Terrapins a man down, Amato stopped a shot from Virginia’s Ryan Tucker to end the threat.

The native of Conshohocken, Pa., made six saves in the fourth quarter, the most he has made in any quarter this season, including a kick save with 47 seconds left to end the Cavalier threat. Amato figured into the offense as well, assisting on Bernhardt’s second goal of the day. It is the second award of the season for Amato.