National Player of the Week

Connor Cannizzaro, Denver, senior- Cazenovia, N.Y., attackman


Another week, another Big East Offensive Player of the Week honor for Cannizzaro. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound attackman registered his second four-goal, two-assist performance in as many games in the co-No. 1 Pioneers' 14-9 victory over No. 18 Duke on Saturday. Cannizzaro has now scored a point in 43 straight games, which is the third-longest active streak in Division I. He also joined Wesley Berg and Mark Matthews as the third player in Denver history to rack up 200 points in a career. With 171 points in three years with the Pioneers and 34 points in his freshman campaign at Maryland in 2014, Cannizzaro now has 205 points on 137 goals and 68 assists.


Game of the Week


Saturday, 1 p.m.

Outlook: Junior attackman Shack Stanwick (Boys' Latin) leads the Blue Jays in points with 14, but 10 other players have at least two. That diversity in scoring is shared by the reigning NCAA champion Tar Heels, who boast the same number of players (11) with at least two points each. The outcome could be decided by the play of the goalkeepers in Johns Hopkins graduate student Gerald Logan and North Carolina redshirt junior Brian Balkam.


No. 1 MARYLAND (3-0)

Coming up: vs. No. 8 Yale, Saturday, noon, Maryland Stadium

Comment: The Terps have won 11 of 14 meetings, but the Bulldogs have triumphed in two of the past three including an 8-5 decision on Feb. 27, 2016. Sophomore Austin Henningsen, who won 13 of 17 faceoffs and posted a career-high three points on one goal and two assists in Saturday's 19-5 demolition of High Point, was named the Big Ten's Specialist of the Week.


Coming up: at No. 3 North Carolina, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Comment: The Blue Jays own a 24-21 lead in the series, but the Tar Heels have won the past five and nine of the past 10 games. Senior short-stick defensive midfielder Joe Carlini's two assists in Saturday's 14-13 overtime win against then-No. 9 Loyola Maryland tied a career high.



Coming up: at Lafayette, Saturday, noon; at No. 12 Towson, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Comment: The Greyhounds are 4-0 against the Leopards in Patriot League play. Redshirt senior midfielder Brian Sherlock was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week for his four-goal, one-assist outing in Saturday's loss at No. 4 Johns Hopkins.

No. 12 TOWSON (1-0)

Coming up: at Georgetown, Saturday, noon; vs. No. 11 Loyola Maryland, Wednesday, 7 p.m., Johnny Unitas Stadium

Comment: The Tigers are 6-1 against the Hoyas, but 28-31 against the Greyhounds. Sophomore High Point transfer Alex Woodall (St. Mary's) leads the nation with an 81.3 faceoff percentage after winning 13 of 16 draws in Saturday's 13-5 rout of Mount St. Mary's.

No. 17 NAVY (1-2)

Coming up: vs. Boston University, Saturday, noon, Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Comment: The Midshipmen are 2-1 against their Patriot League-rival Terriers, who won the last meeting, 10-9, in double overtime on Feb. 27, 2016. Freshman goalie Ryan Kern made a career-high 14 saves in Saturday's 11-5 victory over Delaware, earning the conference's Goalkeeper of the Week honors.


Coming up: vs. Furman, Sunday, noon, Waldron Family Stadium

Comment: The Mountaineers have won both all-time games against the Paladins by a total margin of three goals. Freshman attackman Brendan McCarthy notched his first career hat trick and added one assist in Tuesday's 10-7 loss against No. 14 Richmond.

UMBC (0-3)

Coming up: vs. Mercer, Saturday, noon, UMBC Stadium

Comment: Saturday's contest will mark only the second meeting between the two sides with the Retrievers winning, 15-6, on March 11, 2014. Senior attackman Max Maxwell and freshman attackman Ryan Frawley are the only players to score multiple goals thus far for UMBC.

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