GREENSBORO, N.C. - Maryland placed a league-high four players on the 2012 All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team, which was announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference. Senior attackman Joe Cummings and sophomore goalie Niko Amato made the team for the second-straight season, while junior long pole Jesse Bernhardt and junior midfielder John Haus are first-time selections.
All four ACC men’s programs are represented on the annual All-ACC team, which was determined by a vote of the four head coaches. Maryland’s four honorees were the most by any school. Duke and Virginia each had three selections, while North Carolina had one player make the team.
Cummings makes his second All-ACC team as the team-leader in points, goals and assists with 28, 17 and 11, respectively. He currently ranks fifth in the conference with 2.80 points per game. In three ACC games this season Cummings led the team with eight points. Cummings, who made the All-ACC team last season as a midfielder, is the first Maryland player to make the team at two different positions in consecutive seasons since Mark Douglas made it as a midfielder and attackman in 1990 and 1991, respectively.
Amato earned his second All-ACC after leading the conference with a 7.04 goals-against average, which is a more than a full goal less than the second-place goalie. He is second in the conference in both save percentage and saves per game. Amato’s standout performance of the season came in the Terps’ 10-7 win over Duke, when he made nine of his 14 saves in the fourth quarter.
Bernhardt makes his first All-ACC squad as a dominant long pole. He leads the team with 37 groundballs and 18 caused turnovers. He ranks second among non-faceoff men in groundballs per game in the conference and leads all ACC players in caused turnovers per game. The lone team captain on the defensive end of the field, Bernhardt has been responsible for leading a young Terrapin defense, which ranks seventh in the NCAA in scoring defense, allowing just 7.6 goals per game.
Haus is also a first-time All-ACC selection and is among the league’s finest all-around midfielders. He ranks third on the team with 18 points on 10 goals and eight assists. He currently leads all Maryland offensive regulars with a shots-on-goal percentage of .676. In addition to his offensive contributions, Haus has also been a steady defensive performer.
The conference’s individual awards – Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year and Coach of the Year – will be announced early next week after the conclusion of the ACC tournament.
The 2012 ACC Men’s Lacrosse Championship will begin Friday, April 20, at Klockner Stadium in Charlottesville, Va. Maryland, the No 4 seed, will face No. 1 seed Duke in the tournament’s first semifinal game at 5 p.m. No. 2 seed Virginia battles No. 3 seed North Carolina in the second semifinal, which is slated for a 7:30 p.m. face-off.
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