CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia attackman Connor Shellenberger and defenseman Cole Kastner have been named the ACC’s Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Tuesday (March 15).
Shellenberger posted a game-high seven points with four goals and three assists in the Cavaliers’ 15-11 win at then-No. 7 North Carolina (March 10). His four goals are a season high. Shellenberger’s third goal of the game broke a 10-10 tie in the third quarter and Virginia did not relinquish its lead the remainder of the game. Shellenberger, who leads the ACC and is second in the nation in points (6.67/game), has registered at least five points in his last 10 games, dating back to last season.
Kastner, the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Week, posted three caused turnovers in last week’s victory over the Tar Heels. Kastner, who is currently second in the nation in caused turnovers (3.75/game), anchored a Virginia defense that held UNC to just one goal in the second half. Kastner and the Cavaliers also shut out the Tar Heels for a span of over 21 minutes throughout the second, third and fourth periods. Kastner was tasked with defending the ACC’s leading goal scorer in Chris Gray, who was held to just one goal – his season low. Gray had combined for 13 goals in his previous two outings entering last Thursday’s contest in Chapel Hill.
Tuesday’s announcement marks the second consecutive week that two Virginia players have garnered recognition from the ACC and third straight week that a UVA player has collected defensive honors.
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2022 ACC Offensive Players of the Week
Feb. 8 – Brennan O’Neill, So., A, Duke
Feb. 15 – Chris Gray, Sr., A, North Carolina
Feb. 22 – Pat Kavanagh, Jr., A, Notre Dame
March 1 – Chris Gray, Sr., A, North Carolina
March 8 – Payton Cormier, Jr., A, Virginia | Chris Gray, Sr., A, North Carolina
March 15 – Connor Shellenberger, R-So., A, Virginia
2022 ACC Defensive Players of the Week
Feb. 8 – Mike Adler, Gr., G, Duke
Feb. 15 – Matthew Nunes, Fr., G, Virginia
Feb. 22 – Tyler Carpenter, Jr., LSM, Duke
March 1 – Petey LaSalla, Sr., FO, Virginia
March 8 – Cole Kastner, So., D, Virginia
March 15 – Cole Kastner, So., D, Virginia