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Weekend lacrosse primer (April 5): Players and Games of the Week, top 20 polls

Caton Johnson made 21 saves, including nine in the fourth quarter, to anchor the No. 19 Tar Heels’ 10-8 upset of then-No. 5 Duke on Saturday.
Caton Johnson made 21 saves, including nine in the fourth quarter, to anchor the No. 19 Tar Heels’ 10-8 upset of then-No. 5 Duke on Saturday. (JEFFREY A. CAMARATI / HANDOUT)

PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

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Caton Johnson, North Carolina

Lancaster, Pa., goalkeeper, freshman

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The Atlantic Coast Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week turned back 21 shots, including nine in the fourth quarter, to anchor the No. 19 Tar Heels’ 10-8 upset of then-No. 5 Duke on Saturday. Johnson, who had played only eight minutes in the team’s first nine games, made the most saves by a true freshman in program history and the most by a North Carolina goalie since March 2015 when Kieran Burke also stopped 21 attempts.

Selena Lasota scored six goals in the No. 6 Wildcats’ 17-13 victory over then-No. 5 Penn on Saturday.
Selena Lasota scored six goals in the No. 6 Wildcats’ 17-13 victory over then-No. 5 Penn on Saturday. (Andy Mead. andy@ycjphoto.com / HANDOUT)

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Selena Lasota, Northwestern

Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada, attacker, senior

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The Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week scored six goals in the No. 6 Wildcats’ 17-13 victory over then-No. 5 Penn on Saturday. Lasota, who ranks sixth among Division I players in goals per game (4.2), has amassed 244 career goals, moving into the Top 20 in NCAA history in that department.

GAMES OF THE WEEK

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NO. 9 OHIO STATE (7-1, 0-1 BIG TEN) @ NO. 1 PENN STATE (8-1, 1-0)

Sunday, 7 p.m.

Outlook: Riding a five-game winning streak, the Nittany Lions have won 16 of 22 games against the Buckeyes, who absorbed their first loss of the season in Sunday’s 14-6 setback to Rutgers. The game will pit two of the game’s more prolific attackmen in Penn State junior Mac O’Keefe (ranked second in Division I at 4.2 goals per game) and Ohio State junior Tre Leclaire (ninth at 3.1 goals per game).

WOMEN

NO. 7 MICHIGAN (13-0, 3-0 THE BIG TEN) @ NO. 2 MARYLAND (10-0, 3-0)

Saturday, 5 p.m.

Outlook: The Wolverines are winless in three meetings against the Terps, but this game features two of the last three remaining unbeaten teams in Division I. (No. 1 Boston College at 12-0 is the other.) Both sides boast Top-15 offenses (Maryland at No. 7 and Michigan at No. 14) and Top-10 defenses (the Terps at No. 3 and the Wolverines at No. 6).

MEN’S POLL

INSIDE LACROSSE MEN’S TOP 20 POLL

No. School, record

1. Penn State, 8-1

2. Loyola, 7-2

3. Maryland, 8-2

4. Virginia, 8-2

5. Yale, 6-2

6. Penn, 5-3

7. Notre Dame, 5-3

8. Duke, 8-3

9. Ohio State, 7-1

10. Cornell, 6-3

11. Syracuse, 5-3

12. Towson, 6-3

13. Denver, 6-3

14. High Point, 8-2

15. Lehigh, 7-3

16. Army, 8-2

17. UMass, 7-3

18. Rutgers, 6-4

19. North Carolina, 7-3

20. Hobart, 8-1

Other receiving votes: Johns Hopkins, Villanova, Georgetown, Delaware, Richmond, Princeton

WOMEN’S POLL

INSIDE LACROSSE WOMEN’S TOP 20 POLL

No. School, record

1. Boston College, 12-0

2. Maryland, 10-0

3. Syracuse, 10-2

4. Notre Dame, 9-1

5. North Carolina, 8-2

6. Northwestern, 8-3

7. Michigan, 12-0

7. Virginia, 9-4

9. Penn, 9-1

10. USC, 11-1

11. James Madison, 7-3

12. Duke, 8-3

13. Navy, 7-2

14. Loyola, 7-3

15. Stanford, 8-4

16. Johns Hopkins, 8-2

17. Princeton, 5-2

18. Denver, 8-2

19. Florida, 5-6

20. Dartmouth, 5-3

Others receiving votes: Georgetown, Virginia Tech, Stony Brook, Colorado, Penn State, High Point

The top-ranked Nittany Lions used an 8-1 first quarter to overwhelm the host Terps in the Big Ten opener for both sides.

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