Feb. 20, 2017
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia men’s lacrosse player Mike D’Amario was named ACC Offensive Player of the Week, as announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference for games played through Feb. 19.
D’Amario (Jr., Niskayuna, N.Y.) led Virginia with seven goals on eight shots in UVA’s 18-14 win over Drexel on Saturday. D’Amario’s seven goals are the most by a Cavalier since Matt White tallied seven at North Carolina in the 2013 ACC Championship game. The seven goals ties D’Amario with eight other Cavaliers for fourth-most in a game in program history. The school record of eight goals in a game, has been done three times, most recently by Garrett Billings in 2009 against Stony Brook.
D’Amario scored four goals in the second half to help distance UVA from Drexel, which used a 5-1 run at the end of the second quarter to cut its deficit to only one goal, 9-8. Coming out of halftime, D’Amario started and ended a 4-0 UVA run to start the third quarter. After Drexel made it a 14-13 game with 11:31 left, UVA finished the game out on a 4-1 run, with two goals from D’Amario, to hold off the Dragons and pick up the win. Nationally, D’Amario’s seven goals are tied for the most in a game this season.
It is the first career honor for D’Amario and the second week in a row a Cavalier earned ACC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Dox Aitken earned the accolade last week for his four-goal performance at then-No. 6 Loyola.
Virginia returns to action tomorrow night when Siena comes to KlÃƒÆ’Ã†’Â¶ckner Stadium. The first all-time meeting with the Saints commences at 6 p.m. and the game will be broadcast by ACC Network Extra.