Acton Earns ECAC Weekly Defensive Honor
CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland senior defender Reid Acton was named the ECAC Co-Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after helping the Greyhounds’ defense hold Ohio State University just four goals and 23 shots in a 9-4 conference win on Saturday afternoon in Columbus.
Acton, who shared this week’s award with the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Kyle O’Brien, took on primary marking responsibilities for the Buckeyes’ Logan Schuss, Ohio State’s leading scorer with 20 goals entering Saturday’s contest.
The Loyola co-captain held Schuss without a goal during the time that he was covering him; the reigning ECAC Offensive Player of the Year’s only goal came 55 seconds into the contest when he pushed up to the midfield and scored against a Loyola defensive midfielder.
Acton held Schuss to only five shots, just two that were on goal. Additionally, Acton was part of a Loyola defense that had a 29-20 advantage in credited ground balls, and he helped force 16 Ohio State turnovers, three by Schuss.
Over the past two games, Acton and the Greyhounds have allowed just seven total goals by opponents.
The award is the third of Acton’s career after he earned Defensive Player of the Week honors three times last season. It is also the fifth-straight week a Loyola player has won the award this season.
Loyola (8-2 overall, 4-0 ECAC) returns to Ridley Athletic Complex for its next game, a 2:30 p.m. contest against Fairfield University.