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April 5, 2010
GREENSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina junior Billy Bitter and Virginia sophomore Chris Bocklet were named Atlantic Coast Conference Men's Lacrosse Co-Players of the Week for the period ending Sunday, April 4, announced today. Bitter returned to the Tar Heel starting lineup after missing last week's game with a strained calf and led third-ranked North Carolina to an 11-7 win at No. 15 Johns Hopkins, while Bocklet set the tone for the top-ranked Cavaliers' ACC opening win when he secured his sixth hat-trick of the season in just the first 5:48 of an eventual 11-10 victory over fourth-ranked Maryland.
Bitter scored four goals on only seven shots and had two ground balls in the win. The Stowe, Vt., native scored all three of UNC's goals in the first quarter to stake the team to an early 3-2 lead and then he scored the goal that essentially iced the win with 6:46 left in the game to give Carolina a 10-6 lead. Thanks to Bitter's leadership, as the Tar Heels had to play the Blue Jays minus their No. 1 and No. 2 scorers, Thomas Wood and Sean DeLaney, who both had to sit out the Hopkins game after sustaining injuries against Maryland, the Tar Heels improved to 10-0 for the first time since 1991, when the team went 16-0 en route to winning the national championship.
Bocklet put Virginia up 2-0 only 2:34 into the game before Maryland even had a chance to run their offense. After scoring only four goals during his entire freshman campaign (2009), the South Salem, N.Y., native tallied his fifth game of the season with at least four goals when he scored his final goal of the game 1:28 into the third quarter. Bocklet's first three goals helped UVa march to a 6-0 opening quarter lead in front of a visiting crowd of 7,636 fans at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium.
North Carolina and Virginia continue ACC action on Saturday, April 10, as the two undefeated programs face-off in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic in the new Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Game time is 4 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPNU.