March 19, 2018
By: Robby Hamman
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – For the first time this season, the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team swept the weekly Atlantic Coast Conference awards. Senior long-stick defenseman John Sexton and senior Mikey Wynne claimed the honors with Sexton earning ACC Defensive Player of the Week and Wynne claiming ACC Offensive Player of the Week.
The Irish have now garnered three player of the week recognitions from the conference this season, as junior Hugh Crance was named ACC Co-Defensive Player of the Week after the Irish defeated Denver a week ago.
Sexton, an Inside Lacrosse Preseason First Team All-American, played up to his status in the win over No. 7 Virginia on Saturday. The senior created havoc in the Cavaliers’ attack throughout the game, recording career highs in caused turnovers (5) and ground balls (8). Sexton made two huge plays down the stretch, forcing two turnovers in the final minute of the game to secure the 9-7 victory.
The Irish have now held opponents to single-digit goal totals in four of the five games they have played this season.
One of Notre Dame’s best finishers in program history, Wynne was a model of efficiency in the win over Virginia. The senior found the back of the net on all four shots he attempted to finish with a season-high four goals. Not only did the senior lead the Irish in scoring, but his last two goals came in the clutch, as he tied the game at 7-7 early in the fourth and then scored the game-winner later in the quarter.
Sexton, Wynne and the Irish take on Michigan at 4 p.m. ET at Arlotta Stadium on Wednesday, March 21. The game will air live on ACC Network Extra via the WatchESPN app.
The University of Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team pursues excellence on and off the field through the three pillars in which the program is built: Character, Culture & Community. These three foundational values guide the promise of the program, which is to provide its student-athletes with the most compelling and enriching experience in all of college athletics. Through academics, competition, service and travel, the program aims to immerse its players in situations that enhance their student-athlete experience to help them become the people, students and teammates they aspire to be.
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