Amato Leads Five Terps On All-ACC Team

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior goalie Niko Amato earned his fourth All-ACC selection to lead a league-best five Maryland student-athletes on the 2014 All-ACC Men's Lacrosse Team, which was announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Amato becomes the first goalie in the history of the ACC to be named to the all-conference team for the fourth time in his career. He is just the sixth player ever to be a four-time honoree with Duke attackman Jordan Wolf joining him as the seventh player with his fourth selection this season.

Senior midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, senior defender Michael Ehrhardt, junior defender Goran Murray and junior faceoff specialist Charlie Raffa are all first time honorees.

The five All-ACC selections are the most for the Terps since 2006 when they also placed five on the all-conference team.

All six ACC men's programs are represented on the annual All-ACC team, which was determined by a vote of the six head coaches. Maryland's five honorees led the way with Duke and North Carolina each having four selections. Syracuse and Notre Dame each placed two on the team, while Virginia had one representative.

Amato leads the conference with a 7.38 goals-against average, which is nearly a full goal less than the second-place goalie. He is also second in the conference with a .571 save percentage, just .002 off of the top spot. Amato's standout performance of the season came in the Terps’ 10-6 victory over then-No. 1 Duke on March 1 when he recorded a season-best 17 saves. That total is the most by an ACC goalie this year.

Chanenchuk earned his first All-ACC honor after leading the Terps with 44 points on 28 goals and 16 assists, both of which lead the team. He ranks fifth in the conference with 2.33 goals per game and is eighth in points (3.67) and assists (1.33) per game. He scored 12 of his 28 goals in ACC games, including tying his career highs with five goals and six points in the Terrapins’ 10-6 win over Duke on March 1.

Ehrhardt earned his first all-conference honor after switching positions prior to the start of the 2014 season. A preseason first team All-American at close defense, Ehrhardt selflessly made the switch to long-stick defensive midfield and has flourished in his new role. He leads the conference in groundballs per game by non-faceoff men with 3.75 per game and also leads the conference in caused turnovers per game at 1.83.

Murray, the 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year, makes his first All-ACC squad as one of the league’s top close defenders. Murray has totaled nine groundballs and six caused turnovers this season.

Raffa earns his first all-conference accolade after turning in a dominating season at the faceoff X. He ranks third in the nation with a .663 faceoff winning percentage (132-199), but was at his best in conference games, winning .694 percent of his faceoffs in ACC games. He is ninth in the nation at 8.3 groundballs per game, but he averaged 9.0 groundballs per game in conference games, tying him for first in the ACC. Raffa has also proven to be an offensive threat, scoring four goals and adding one assist this season.

Individual awards, including Offensive Player, Defensive Player, Coach and Freshman of the Year, will be voted on by the league's head coaches following the ACC Championship.

The 2014 ACC Men's Lacrosse Championship will begin Friday, April 25, at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Maryland, the No 1 seed, will face No. 4 seed Notre Dame in the tournament's second semifinal game at approximately 7:30 p.m. No. 2 seed Duke battles No. 3 seed Syracuse in the first semifinal, which is slated for a 5 p.m. faceoff.

2014 All-ACC Men’s Lacrosse Team
Niko Amato, Sr., G, Maryland
Mike Chanenchuk, Sr., M, Maryland
Michael Ehrhardt, Sr., D, Maryland
Goran Murray, Jr., D, Maryland
Charlie Raffa, Jr., M, Maryland
Deemer Class, So., M, Duke
Brendan Fowler, Sr., M, Duke
Myles Jones, So., M, Duke
Jordan Wolf, Sr., A, Duke
Jimmy Bitter, Jr., A, North Carolina
Ryan Creighton, Sr., M, North Carolina
Joey Sankey, Jr., A, North Carolina
Chad Tutton, Jr., M, North Carolina
Matt Kavanagh, So., A, Notre Dame
Steve O’Hara, Sr., D, Notre Dame
Brandon Mullins, R-So., D, Syracuse
Kevin Rice, Jr., A, Syracuse
Mark Cockerton, Sr., A, Virginia