CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland junior defender Reid Acton was named the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in three weeks, the conference announced today.
The award marks the fourth time in as many weeks that a Loyola player has earned the honor, as Acton has alternated with sophomore goalkeeper Jack Runkel. Greyhound defenders have won the Defensive Player of the Week award in six of nine weeks this season.
Acton and the Greyhounds’ defense played a major role in Loyola’s victory at then-No. 8/10 Denver University on Saturday night. Loyola (11-0 overall, 5-0 ECAC) held the Pioneers to over three goals under their season average that was near 13 per game entering the contest.
With the 12-9 victory, Loyola clinched the No. 1 spot in the May 2-4 ECAC Tournament and earned at least a share of the league’s regular-season crown.
Acton had primary marking responsibilities for Denver’s Mark Matthews, the Pioneers’ attacker who entered the game with the nation’s second longest streak with at least one goal in a game. Acton and the Greyhounds held Matthews to just an assist, snapping his stretch of games with goals at 39.
Earlier on Monday, the Greyhounds moved up to No. 1 in both the Nike/Inside Lacrosse media and USILA coaches polls. They share the top spot in the coaches’ version with the nation’s only other unbeaten team, Massachusetts.
Loyola wraps up ECAC play with its final regular-season road game of the year, a 12 noon affair on Saturday, April 21, at Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y.