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April 12, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Virginia redshirt junior Colin Briggs and senior Adam Ghitelman 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, April 11.
Briggs had five points and three goals en route to lifting the ninth-ranked Cavaliers to a thrilling 11-10 overtime victory past the fifth-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels last Saturday. The triumph halted a two-game Virginia losing streak, a regular season first for the Cavaliers since 2004. Briggs scored his three goals on five total shots and dished out two assists - both times his helpers increased UVa’s lead from one goal to two goals. The five points marked a career-high for Briggs. The midfielder from Narragansett, R.I., scored his second goal of the game with 10 seconds left before intermission with an unassisted score, sending UVa into the break with a 5-3 lead. After Carolina cut its deficit down to one goal again, Briggs rallied to score his third and final goal with 2:11 remaining in the third quarter, lifting the Cavs back to a two-goal lead, 7-5.
Against UNC, Ghitelman tied his season-best with 15 saves, including various point blank shots. One of Ghitelman’s impressive stops came on an uncontested Billy Bitter attempt in the fourth quarter, which jump-started a Virginia clear and maintained a two-goal lead. The goalie from Cold Spring, N.Y., picked up eight ground balls, the second-best mark of his career. In addition, Ghitelman helped Virginia start many clears and strong offensive possessions. The victory gave the senior his 45th career win between the pipes, passing UMBC's Jeremy Blevins (2006-09) and tying Cornell’s Matt McMonagle (2004-07) for No. 5 all-time in NCAA Division I history.
ACC Men’s Lacrosse action continues Thursday (April 14) as North Carolina welcomes Presbyterian for a 7 p.m. nonconference tilt. Following this weekend’s league contests, ACC teams will prepare for the 2011 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship, which will be held on the campus of Duke University, April 22 and 24.
For more information regarding ACC Men’s Lacrosse, including the upcoming Championship, please visit http://www.theacc.com/championships/11-mens-lacrosse-championship.html.