Notre Dame's Matt Kavanagh, Brown’s Jack Kelly earn weekly NCAA honor
Notre Dame’s Matt Kavanagh and Brown’s Jack Kelly have been selected as the NCAA.com Division I Men’s Lacrosse Players of the Week for games played April 14-20.
Offensive Player of the Week
Matt Kavanagh, Notre Dame
Junior | Attack | 5-foot-8 | 170 pounds | Rockville Centre, New York
Matt Kavanagh saved his best for the end of Saturday’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 contest against conference rival North Carolina. The junior scored four goals, including the game winner with seven seconds to play as the Fighting Irish posted three scores in the final 1:15 for a 15-14 win.
Kavanagh also sparked the rally with his third goal before later sealing the victory that clinched Notre Dame’s first ACC regular season title.
Kavanagh leads Notre Dame with 43 points scored (21 goals, 22 assists) and his performance on Saturday was his 29th career multiple-goal game.
Notre Dame (9-1) starts its ACC Tournament Championship defense when it faces No. 6 Duke (10-14) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. ET.
Defensive Player of the Week
Jack Kelly, Brown
Junior | Goalkeeper | 6-foot-1 | 195 pounds | West Islip, New York
Jack Kelly kept Brown in contention for an Ivy League regular season title and top seed in the conference tournament by leading the Bears’ stifling defense in two victories this past week.
Kelly thwarted then-No. 9 Cornell with 21 saves, including 14 in the first half, in a 15-6 victory. The Big Red were able to tally just two second-half goals.
Earlier in the week, Kelly made 13 stops in a 15-11 win against Providence.
Kelly leads the Ivy League in saves per game (11.85) and save percentage (.566). Those figures rank 10th and 11th, respectively, among NCAA Division I.