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April 16, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – Duke senior midfielder Jake Tripucka and North Carolina 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.
Tripucka tallied a career-high seven points to help lead the No. 7 Blue Devils to a 19-16 victory over ACC foe Virginia. Tripucka tied his career-high three goals and added a career-best four assists, with one goal and three assists coming in Duke’s fourth-quarter rally, to earn his first career ACC weekly accolade.
The Boonton Township, N.J., native scored to pull Duke within one to start the fourth quarter and then assisted on the tying and go-ahead goals as the Blue Devils outscored the Cavaliers 7-2 in the final stanza. Tripucka is tied for fifth in the league in assists per game (1.36).
Burke saved over 70 percent of the shots against him for the second straight game to lead North Carolina to a 14-5 win at No. 20 Hofstra. After the Pride scored with 4:38 left in the first to go up 5-3, Burke made saves on the next eight shots on goal as the Tar Heels ran off 11 straight scores to pull away for the win.
A freshman from Fort Salonga, N.Y., Burke also tied his career high for ground balls in a game with seven. Over the last six games – all wins – Burke has made 88 saves and allowed only 47 goals for a .651 save percentage. The Tar Heel defense, keyed by Burke, held Hofstra scoreless for the final 34:48, the longest defensive stand for North Carolina since 2008. It is the third ACC Defensive Player of the Week honor for Burke, who has won all three in the past four weeks.