Maryland’s Cannizzaro and Raffa help Maryland clinch No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship
GREENSBORO, N.C. –Maryland freshman attackman Connor Cannizzaro and Duke senior attackman Jordan Wolf have been named Atlantic Coast Conference Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while Maryland junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa is this week’s Defensive Player of the Week, as announced Tuesday by the conference.
Duke’s Wolf matched a career high with six goals and eight points overall to lead Duke to a 17-8 win over Rutgers. Wolf extended his point streak to 55 games and his goal scoring streak to 16 as Duke finished the regular season with a perfect 9-0 record at home. Wolf has nine hat tricks this season and 29 in his career, while his six goals moved him to fifth on the ACC career goals chart with 166. This is Wolf’s fourth Offensive Player of the Week honor of the season.
Maryland’s Cannizzaro netted a natural hat trick over the final 7:44 of Maryland’s 12-8 win at No. 8 Notre Dame to help secure a share of the 2014 ACC regular season championship and the No. 1 seed in the ACC Championship, which gets underway on Friday. The Cazenovia, N.Y., native registered the game’s final three goals with 7:44, 1:35 and 1:16 left to play in the game which iced the win for the Terps.
Raffa won 20 of 24 faceoffs, including 11 of13 against Notre Dame’s Liam O’Conner who entered the game with the third-best faceoff winning percentage in NCAA Division I, to help Maryland build an early lead and protect its advantage late in the game. Following a Notre Dame goal that tied the game at 8-8 with 11:36 to play in the fourth quarter, Raffa won each of the final four faceoffs leaving the Irish without the ball in its offensive end of the field until only 22 seconds remained in the game.