April 11, 2016
University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse midfielder and All-American Sergio Perkovic and Irish long-stick defensive midfielder John Sexton both claimed Atlantic Coast Conference player of the week honors Monday for men’s lacrosse.
Perkovic won the honor on offense, while Sexton shared the defensive honor with Brian Balkam of North Carolina.
Perkovic, a junior from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, accounted for three goals Sunday as the second-rated Irish moved their record to 8-1 with a come-from-behind 8-6 home triumph over 12th-rated Duke.
He scored Notre Dame’s game-tying goal with 7:22 seconds remaining in the fourth period, then won the game on a tally at 4:45 of the final period to give the Irish a 7-6 lead. Perkovic had another goal (in the first period) and also added three ground balls. He led both teams in shots on goal with seven. It’s the fourth time in 2016 Perkovic has notched at least three goals in a game (he had four each versus Georgetown and Detroit, three each against Virginia and Duke).
Sexton, a sophomore from Sudbury, Massachusetts, played a major role in holding Duke midfielder Myles Jones to a single assist and no goals just a week after Jones had a career-high 11 points against North Carolina. (Jones is the top active career scorer in the nation.) Sexton was credited with three ground balls and one caused turnover and was part of a collective defensive effort that limited the entire starting Duke midfield to a combined two goals and two assists.
Perkovic also won this same conference award after Notre Dame’s season-opening victory against Georgetown and again after his overtime game-winning goal against Virginia.
The Irish, rated first in the Inside Lacrosse (media) and Lacrosse magazine polls released Monday (second by the USILA), continue their 2016 schedule Wednesday with a 4 p.m. EDT home game at Arlotta Stadium versus 19th-rated Marquette.
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