Briggs and Fortunato Earn Weekly ACC Player Awards
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men’s lacrosse senior midfielder Colin Briggs was named ACC Offensive Co-Player of the Week and senior goalie Rob Fortunato was named ACC Defensive Co-Player of the Week for their performances through March 6. Briggs shared the honor with Maryland’s Drew Snider, son of former UVa All-American Kris Snider. Fortunato also shared his nod with a Terrapin, goalie Niko Amato.
Briggs, a Narragansett, R.I., native, tallied three goals and one assist which proved to be the difference in Virginia’s 14-10 triumph over then-No. 3 Syracuse. His goal just before the half jumpstarted a 5-0 run that helped the Cavaliers overcome a 6-3 deficit, and they never trailed again. Briggs’ unassisted score as he cut through the middle of the defense was the game-winning goal.
The weekly nod for Briggs is the second of his career. He also earned mention on April 12, 2011, after scoring three goals and dishing out two assists in an overtime win against North Carolina.
Fortunato saved a career-high 16 shots between the pipes, including seven in the first quarter, to help the Cavaliers defeat the Orange. The Essex Fells, N.J., native helped start 19-of-20 successful clears for Virginia, leading to transition offense, and made key saves late in the game to help maintain the lead.
The honor is the second of Fortunato’s career. A weekly honor the ACC added in 2011, Fortunato won the first ACC Defensive Player of the Week honor on Feb. 20, 2011, after starting his first career game in goal and saving 12 shots.
The Cavaliers return to action tonight, hosting the Vermont Catamounts inside the confines of Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m.