Every week during the regular season, we’ll award an NCAA.com Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week for Division I men’s lacrosse.
Offensive Player of the Week
Steve Pontrello | North Carolina | Sr. | A | Marlton, New Jersey
The Tar Heel attackman scored a career-high six goals in North Carolina’s 17-16 overtime win Friday at then-No. 11 Duke.
It was UNC’s first win at Duke in six years.
The efficient Pontrello took only seven shots on goal and scored five unassisted. His efforts helped North Carolina rally from a three-goal deficit late in the third quarter and then forge ahead in the final period.
No. 11 North Carolina hosts No. 20 Virginia on Sunday, April 10.
Here's your game-winner! Patrick Kelly's goal in OT gives @uncmenslacrosse a 17-16 W at Duke with an #SCTop10 play. https://t.co/7E9vXtQAYY— GoHeelsTV (@GoHeelsTV) April 2, 2016
Defensive Player of the Week
Cole Blazer | Marquette | So. | G | Libertyville, Illinois
Blazer shut down Villanova’s high-scoring offense in his first collegiate start, leading the Golden Eagles to an 11-3 victory Saturday.
Blazer made 13 saves and stifled the then-No. 6 Wildcats, who among the nation’s scoring leaders averaging more than 14 goals per game. Blazer recorded a save percentage of .813 on the day and faced a total of 31 Villanova shots. The Libertyville, Illinois native saved three shots off the stick of the nation's leading scorer Jake Froccaro to hold the junior without a goal for the first time this season.
Marquette travels to St. John’s for its next content Saturday, April 9.
Movin' up. Golden Eagles pick up votes to move back into @USILA_Lax and @Inside_Lacrosse polls. Also ninth in RPI. pic.twitter.com/8DYASqi7UG— Marquette Lacrosse (@MarquetteMLax) April 4, 2016
Honorable mentions: Matt Barrett, Virginia (defense); Dean DiSimone, Delaware (offense); Christian Klipstein, Bucknell (defense); Ryan McNamara, Marquette (offense); Dylan Molloy, Brown (offense); Blaze Riorden, Albany (defense); Pat Spencer, Loyola (offense); Alex Spring, Bucknell (defense); Michael Zingaro, Manhattan (defense).