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April 5, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Maryland junior midfielder Joe Cummings and senior defender Brett Schmidt have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, for the period ending on Monday, April 4.
Cummings tied for the game-high with four goals, including a natural hat trick in the decisive third quarter. All four of Cummings’ goals came in the Terrapins’ 7-0 run that started with Maryland trailing Virginia, 5-3, late in the second quarter. The junior from Towson, Md., scored the first goal of the run at the end of the second to cut the deficit to one heading into halftime. Cummings then scored his hat trick in the third stanza over the span of 10:45. The midfielder’s goal that started the 7-0 run was the Terps’ lone extra-man goal of the day and came just 21 seconds into the 1:00 penalty. Cummings’ final goal of the day also proved to be the game-winner. For his efforts, Cummings was nominated for the Capital One Cup’s Impact Performance of the Week.
Schmidt was the anchor for a Maryland defense that limited Virginia, which entered the game as the highest-scoring team in the NCAA, to a season-low seven goals. The senior from Dublin, Pa., was the primary defender on Virginia’s leading scorer Steele Stanwick. Schmidt held Stanwick to just one goal and three shots in the game. Schmidt also helped the Maryland man-down defense hold the Cavaliers, which were No. 1 in the nation in man-up offense going into the game, to just one goal in five extra-man opportunities. Overall, the Maryland defense held the Cavs to just seven goals on 34 shots – a shooting percentage of .206, which is 11 percent lower than Virginia’s season average.
ACC Men’s Lacrosse action continues Friday, April 8, as Maryland travels to Navy for a 7 p.m. nonconference tilt.