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
Connor Cannizzaro | Denver | Jr. | A | Cazenovia, New York
Cannizzaro scored six goals, including the game-winning strike in Denver’s 12-11 victory over then-No. 18 Villanova in a deluge of sleet and snow Saturday.
In addition to the sock trick, Cannizzaro was the lone scorer of the third period, collecting a natural hat trick to put the Pioneers ahead 10-6. After the Wildcats’ rally, the junior fed off Trevor Baptiste’s faceoff win to net the game-winning goal with 2:58 remaining in the fourth.
.@TylerMaun's call on #AM1600ESPNDenver of @ConnorCanz_40 game-winning goal on Saturday. https://t.co/Xf7A6wTWMj #DU1NATION— Denver Mens Lacrosse (@DU_MLAX) April 9, 2016
Defensive Player of the Week
Gunnar Waldt | Bryant | Sr. | G | Freeland, Maryland
Waldt tallied 22 saves and a .618 save percentage in Bryant’s victories over then-No. 2 Brown and Wagner last week.
The senior turned away 17 shots in the Bulldogs’ 11-10 overtime victory against the Bears, holding the nation’s top scoring offense to a season low output.
Waldt allowed just three goals in 49 minutes of work in an 18-5 win over Wagner.
That moment when you beat the No. 2 team in the country! #BBT @Bryant_Lax @NECsports pic.twitter.com/Kc8fU3JY8J— Bryant Athletics (@BryantAthletics) April 6, 2016
Honorable Mention: AJ Barretto, Army West Point (defense); Kyle Bernlohr, Maryland (defense); Andy DeMichiei, Marquette (offense); Brian Feldman, Quinnipiac (offense); Nick Marrocco, Georgetown (defense); Shane Morrell, Bryant (offense); John Sexton, Notre Dame (defense).