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April 18, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Duke junior midfielder Kim Wenger and Virginia sophomore defender Megan Dunleavy have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Women's Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet, respectively, for the period ending on Monday, April 18.
Wenger, who received ACC Defensive Player of the Week nods just one week prior, led the Blue Devils to a pair of wins over the weekend, including a one-goal victory over ACC-rival and fourth-ranked North Carolina Friday night. Against the Tar Heels, Wenger registered a career-high four goals to lead Duke to an 11-10 win, which also secured the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye for the Blue Devils in the upcoming ACC Tournament. Wenger's first goal against Carolina tied the game at 2-2 early in the first half, while her fourth goal broke a 9-9 tie midway through the second half, giving Duke a lead it would not relinquish. Down just one goal, the Tar Heels had possession and looked to tie the game again at 11-11, but Wenger caused a UNC turnover with 27 seconds left to give Duke the ball, securing the win for the Blue Devils. On Sunday, the junior from Malvern, Pa., recorded one goal and an assist, to go along with two ground balls and a draw control, in limited minutes as the Blue Devils routed Saint Mary's 23-2.
Dunleavy led the Cavalier defensive effort, helping to erase an even 2-2 halftime score and earn a 14-7 victory over in-state rival George Mason last Wednesday, UVa's lone game of the week. Dunleavy, a sophomore from Fairfax Station, Va., picked up five ground balls and caused one turnover as the Cavaliers' defense held George Mason to two first half goals.
ACC Women's Lacrosse teams return to action on Thursday for the 2011 ACC Championship, which will be held April 21, 22 and 24 at WakeMed Park in Cary, N.C. Maryland earned the top spot in the upcoming three-day lacrosse championship, while Duke picked up the No. 2 seed - both enjoying a first-round bye.