Posted on 06 May 2014 by WNST Staff
GREENSBORO, N.C. –Notre Dame senior attackman John Scioscia and Maryland senior goalie Niko Amato have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, as announced Tuesday by the conference.
Scioscia tied a career-high mark with six goals and also dished out two assists in Notre Dame’s thrilling 18-17 win over No. 19 Army in the Fighting Irish’s regular-season finale. His eight points were a career-best and one shy of tying the program record. The Summit, N.J., native played a pivotal role in the victory as he scored the game-tying goal (16-16), and assisted on Conor Doyle’s game winner, which came with 20 seconds left after he forced a turnover and picked up the ground ball. He also netted two goals during a 4-0 Notre Dame run that reversed a 7-5 deficit, and scored with five seconds left in the third quarter to bring the Irish to within a goal (14-13).
Amato had a career game versus Navy in his final regular-season home game as a Terrapin, making 10 saves to go along with one groundball and one caused turnover in the 12-6 win. Amato had never had above a .500 save percentage in three previous games against the Midshipmen, but earned his fourth career victory over the Mids by stopping 62.5 percent of the shots Navy put on goal. His 10 saves were also significant in that they gave him 601 for his career to join only two other Terps in the 600-save club.
All six ACC men’s lacrosse teams earned a berth in the 2014 NCAA Division I Lacrosse Championship, with five of the six among the top eight seeds. Action will get underway this weekend with first round games on May 10-11.
Posted on 01 April 2014 by WNST Staff
Maryland’s Amato earns his league-leading third weekly honor of the season
GREENSBORO, N.C. – North Carolina junior attackman Joey Sankey and Syracuse junior attackman Kevin Rice have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Co-Players of the Week, while Maryland senior goalkeeper Niko Amato is this week’s ACC Defensive Player of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the conference.
Rice tied his career high with four goals and added two assists to lead Syracuse to its first ACC victory, 11-10, against No. 7 Notre Dame March 29 at the Carrier Dome. Three of his four goals came in the second half, including the game-winner with 2:05 to play. Rice has a goal in seven straight games and at least one point in his last nine contests.
Sankey scored a career-high five goals en route to a seven-point day to lead North Carolina to a come-from-behind victory at No. 9/10 Johns Hopkins. With the Tar Heels trailing 7-4 late in the second period, the Warminster, Pa., native helped engineer Carolina’s comeback as he played a role in two goals, including the go-ahead strike, during a 4-0 run that gave the Tar Heels the lead for good. Sankey padded North Carolina’s lead with two goals midway through the fourth quarter to help ice the win.
Amato totaled 10 saves in a 9-6 win over No. 8 Virginia on March 30 to remain a top the league standings with a 3-1 ACC mark. Amato made six of his 10 saves in the first half to keep the Terps within striking distance of Virginia and made four more in the second half to limit the Cavaliers to just one goal over the final 30 minutes of the game. Amato’s 10-save effort is his third double-digit save output of the season and 21st of his career.
Amato’s defensive player of the week honor is his third of the season.
ACC men’s lacrosse action continues Wednesday, April 2 with Maryland hosting Robert Morris and Binghamton playing at Syracuse.
Posted on 04 March 2014 by WNST Staff
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Following a win at top-ranked Duke, Maryland senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk has been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week and senior goalkeeper Niko Amato earns his second straight Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week nod, as announced Tuesday by the league.
Chanenchuk registered a career-high six points on a career-best five goals and one assist to lead the Terps to a 10-6 win over No. 1 Duke. The Poquott, N.Y., native scored Maryland’s first two goals and then tallied his three others, including the game winner, during the Terps’ game-deciding 7-0 run. With the five goals, Chanenchuk now has 31 career hat tricks and 23 career multi-goal games.
Amato was the difference in the Terps’ 10-6 win over the top-ranked Blue Devils, turning in a season-high 17-save performance. The senior made four of his saves in the third quarter when Duke managed just five shots. He was the anchor of the defensive effort that saw Maryland hold the Blue Devils scoreless for a stretch of 26:26 from the 7:58 mark of the second quarter to 14:17 of the fourth. Overall, Amato and the Terrapin defense allowed just one Blue Devil goal over the game’s final 37:58. With his 17-save performance Amato also became just the third goalie in Maryland history to reach the 500-save mark for his career. Amato now stands at 516 saves.
ACC men’s lacrosse action continues Friday as No. 8/6 North Carolina plays at No. 14/13 Princeton at 5:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.
Posted on 25 February 2014 by WNST Staff
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf and Maryland senior goalie Niko Amato have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s Lacrosse Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the conference.
Wolf totaled 10 points on seven goals and three assists to lead the Blue Devils to a pair of wins last week. The Wynnewood, Pa., native posted hat tricks in back-to-back games with three goals in a 9-6 win over No. 16/18 Penn and four goals in a 14-6 victory against Stony Brook. Wolf added three assists against the Seawolves to match his single-game career high of seven points.
Wolf has registered at least three points in each of Duke’s four wins this season, while the Blue Devils are 4-0 for the first time since the 2008 season.
Amato made 11 saves in a 16-8 win at No. 2/1 Syracuse on Feb. 22 while helping to hold a dynamic Syracuse offense to 10 goals below its season average. Included in his 11 saves were two on key non-releasable penalties on Maryland. Amato gave up goals on two of Syracuse’s first three shots, but only allowed three more goals in a span of 37:44. The Orange’s final three goals came when the game was out of reach for the Orange as Maryland held a 16-5 lead.
ACC men’s lacrosse action continues tonight at No. 4 Virginia plays at Mount St. Mary’s.