CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia first-year goalie Matthew Nunes has been named the ACC’s Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced on Tuesday (Feb. 15).

Nunes posted 16 saves in the Cavaliers’ 11-10 win over High Point on Sunday (Feb. 13). His 16 saves against the Panthers, including seven in the opening period, are a season high and tied for the most by any ACC player so far this season. Nunes produced two critical saves with under 2:15 to play, both of which occurred while Virginia clung to a one-goal lead. His final save of the day came with 20 seconds remaining after High Point fired a high-bouncing shot in transition from the just above the crease. Nunes deflected the ball with his stick and the Cavaliers were awarded possession to effectively seal the victory for UVA.

North Carolina attackman Chris Gray was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week.

On Saturday (Feb. 19), No. 1 Virginia (2-0) travels to Towson (0-1) for its first road contest of 2022. Opening faceoff from Johnny Unitas Stadium is scheduled for noon. Saturday’s contest is slated to stream on Lax Sports Network (LSN).


2022 ACC Offensive Players of the Week
Feb. 8 – Brennan O’Neill, So., A, Duke
Feb. 15 – Chris Gray, Sr., A, North Carolina

2022 ACC Defensive Players of the Week
Feb. 8 – Mike Adler, Gr., G, Duke
Feb. 15 – Matthew Nunes, Fr., G, Virginia