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Sept. 3, 2002

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – University of Virginia men’s soccer player Alecko Eskandarian (Montvale, N.J./Bergen Catholic) was named the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Co-Player of the Week. He shared the weekly honor with North Carolina’s Ryan Kneipper. The honor was the first ACC Player of the Week selection in men’s soccer for the 2002 season.

Eskandarian, a third-year forward, recorded seven points in two games to lead UVa to a first place finish over the Kentucky Wildcats and Rhode Island Rams in the 2002 Virginia Soccer Classic Tournament (Aug. 30 – Sept. 1) in Charlottesville. In the Cavaliers’ 3-2 victory over Kentucky, Eskandarian scored two goals to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 victory. His first goal of the match tied the score at 2-2 and his second goal resulted in the game-winning score. In Virginia’s 2-1 win over Rhode Island, Eskandarian brought the Cavaliers back from a deficit again by tying the game at 1-1 with a goal before he dished-out the game-winning assist on Virginia’s second goal of the match. For his efforts, Eskandarian was named the MVP of the tournament and was one of four players selected to the All-Tournament Team from UVa.

For the season, Eskandarian has started both games he has appeared in and has recorded a team-high seven points with three goals (including one game-winner) and one assist (a game-winner). He has taken a total of nine shots on the season, good for a .333 shooting percentage.

Kneipper, a senior from Dallas, Texas, scored the game-winning goal for North Carolina against Saint Louis with just three seconds left in the second half of a 1-1 game. On the week, Kneipper also recorded a goal in the Tar Heels first win over Akron and accounted for both goals against Saint Louis.

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