North Carolina's Holman and Burke Earn ACC Weekly Honors

April 9, 2013

ACC Players of the Week

GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – North Carolina senior attackman Marcus Holman and freshman goalkeeper Kieran Burke have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced Tuesday by the conference.

Holman had six points, his fifth game this year with five or more points, on three goals and three assists in North Carolina’s 10-7 road victory at Virginia, Carolina’s first regular-season win over the Cavaliers in nine years.  Holman had his hat trick by halftime, the 15th of his career, and was involved in four of the Tar Heels’ six first-half goals.  He then added two assists on goals in the second half, including one on Joey Sankey’s game-clinching goal with 1:42 to play. 

The three goals for the native of Baltimore, Md., give him 111 for his career, tying him for third place on North Carolina’s career list.  He now has 186 points, sixth most in Tar Heel history, and 75 assists, ninth most. This is his second weekly award of the season and fourth of his career.

Burke tallied 23 saves and allowed only seven goals in the victory at Virginia. The 23 stops are the fourth highest total in NCAA Division I this year, and are nine more than his previous career high of 15 set twice this season. The performance is the best by an ACC goalkeeper since 2005, when Maryland’s Harry Alford registered 25 against Georgetown, and the most by a Tar Heel since Paul Spellman had 25 in 2003 against Maryland.

The native of Fort Salonga, N.Y., was the difference in the game as Virginia outshot North Carolina, 51-32, held a 41-21 advantage in ground balls, and won 15-of-20 faceoffs. Burke saved 14 of the 17 shots on goal in the second half to earn his second ACC Defensive Player of the Week accolade.